Officer James Yates has been named Alabama Wildlife Officer of the Year by the Shikar-Safari Club International (SSCI). Yates, an employee of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), is a Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Conservation Enforcement Officer, a position he has held since 2005.
WFF Chief Enforcement Officer Allan Andress is proud of Yates’ accomplishments. “He always sets high goals for himself and has a plan to achieve those goals,” Andress said. “Hunters and landowners have great respect for Officer Yates as well, which reflects on his integrity and his character. His commitment to conservation law enforcement is evident through his enforcement efforts.”
In addition to his work as an ADCNR conservation enforcement officer, Yates is an active member of the National Rifle Association and Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association. Officer Yates is currently assigned to Jackson County.
The SSCI is an international conservation organization that funds and supports a variety of conservation projects and scholarships around the world. In addition to recognizing outstanding officers in wildlife conservation, the SSCI also provides a $20,000 death benefit to the officer’s family in the event the officer is killed in the line of duty.
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.