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Robert A. Fala, Director

News Release: February 1, 2017


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WVDNR staff receive 2016 West Virginia Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation awards

FLATWOODS, W.Va. – Rob Tallman, Dist. 3 (east central counties) wildlife manager for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, has been selected by the West Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation as the 2016 Wildlife Manager of the Year. He was presented the chapter’s "Making Tracks Award" at the annual awards banquet Jan. 14, 2017, by State Chapter President Jeff Jones.

At the same event, Natural Resources Police Officer Charles Stephens was presented the “Sharp Spur Award” in recognition of his dedication to protecting the wildlife resources of West Virginia. Stewart is stationed in Calhoun County.

Rob Tallman is involved in a variety of habitat-related activities, such as timber management and early successional habitat creation on the Cheat, Huttonsville and Becky Creek wildlife management areas, as well as Kumbrabow State Forest. His work has made significant contributions to the state’s wildlife management program and the wild turkey resource. Tallman began his DNR career in 2002, serving as ornithologist for the wildlife diversity unit. In 2010, he accepted his current position as wildlife manager on the Cheat Cooperative WMA on the Monongahela National Forest and Kumbrabow State Forest, where he has concentrated on creating quality wild turkey and ruffed grouse brood habitat. He assisted in the design of two major projects on the Cheat Cooperative WMA, opening up more than 40,000 acres to commercial and noncommercial forest management.

Officer Charles Stephens has served as the Calhoun County NRPO since June 2010. He was the former chief of police in Grantsville, West Virginia. Officer Stephens was recognized for his outstanding efforts in protecting the wild turkey population from illegal hunters. On the opening day of the 2016 spring gobbler season, Officer Stephens and Officer Clintwood Wilson successfully completed an investigation that resulted in the arrest of several Ohio residents who were charged with 12 hunting violations involving the illegal taking of wild turkey in Roane County. Also on opening day, Officer Stephens apprehended two Ohio subjects hunting turkey in an illegal manner in Calhoun County. Later during the season, Officer Stephens arrested another Ohio resident on illegal turkey hunting charges in Ritchie County.

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Photos courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce
Photo 1: National Wild Turkey Federation West Virginia State Chapter President Jeff Jones hands the “Making Tracks Award” to DNR Wildlife Manager Rob Tallman.
Photo 2: Natural Resources Police Officer Charles Stephens accepts the WV-NWTF “Sharp Spur Award” from WV-NWTF President Jeff Jones
Photos courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce
Photo 1: National Wild Turkey Federation West Virginia State Chapter President Jeff Jones hands the “Making Tracks Award” to DNR Wildlife Manager Rob Tallman.
Photo 2: Natural Resources Police Officer Charles Stephens accepts the WV-NWTF “Sharp Spur Award” from WV-NWTF President Jeff Jones