Lemley named Alabama Enforcement Officer of the Year by the NWTF
Officer Luke Lemley has been named the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Alabama State Chapter Officer of the Year. Lemley was recognized for the award during the Federation's 33rd Annual Convention and Sport Show Awards Banquet in Nashville on February 21, 2009. The NWTF is a national conservation organization dedicated to the improvement of critical wildlife habitat and increased access to public hunting land.
Lemley, of Paint Rock, Ala., has been an enforcement officer with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division since 2005. Lemley is assigned to Jackson County in District 2.
Since beginning his career with the Department, Lemley has worked diligently to enforce the state’s hunting and fishing laws. In 2008 Lemley initiated an investigation which resulted in more than 12 arrests for the illegal possession and sale of wild turkeys and wood ducks in Marshall County. At the time of the arrests officers seized 81 eastern wild turkeys, 17 eastern wild turkey eggs, and eight wood ducks. The wood ducks had been hatched from eggs stolen from a state wildlife management area.
“Luke is an excellent officer and an asset to the Department’s enforcement program,” said Allan Andress, WFF Chief Enforcement Officer. “We are proud of his accomplishments. He is very deserving of this recognition.”
According to his supervisor, Lieutenant Jim Kirkland, Lemley’s success is due in large part to the trust and respect he builds with the public. “These (public) contacts have provided Officer Lemley with the information that has led to many arrests, and have also given concerned citizens a way to participate in the protection of our wild turkey population,” Kirkland said in a nomination letter to the NWTF.
Lemley is dedicated to educating the next generation of hunters and anglers in Alabama. Each year Lemley volunteers at various Future Farmers of America (FFA) events in north Alabama by assisting during shooting sports demonstrations and with the setup and operation of the events. Lemley also teaches extra hunter education classes in the Woodville, Ala., area in addition to the two he is required to teach for the state.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com