Lord Named NWTF Alabama Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has named
Conservation Enforcement Officer Keilan Lord of Centre, Ala. its
2011 Alabama Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Lord was
recognized for the award during the Federation’s 35th Annual
Convention and Sport Show Awards Banquet in Nashville in February.
The NWTF is a national conservation organization dedicated to
conserving wild turkey and increased access to public hunting
land.

Since joining the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources (ADCNR) in 2006, Lord has distinguished himself in the
field as a conservation enforcement officer. For example, between
January 2009 and September 2010 he made 179 arrests and issued 45
written warnings for wildlife violations – a heavy workload
considering Lord is the only officer assigned to Cherokee
County.

Lord, who stays busy working fishing activities at Weiss Lake,
also makes working turkey hunting activities a priority. During the
last two turkey hunting seasons Lord made eight turkey hunting
arrests, six of which involved hunting with the aid of bait. All
suspects in the arrests pleaded guilty or were found guilty in
court.

“Officer Lord is committed to the conservation of wildlife in
Alabama,” said Allan Andress, ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater
Fisheries Enforcement Chief. “His successful efforts are due to his
ability to foster meaningful relationships with the public. Hunters
and landowners trust him.”

In addition to his regular enforcement duties, Lord also teaches
hunter education classes in his assigned county and volunteers to
teach in other counties. Lord has been an active member of the
Alabama National Guard since 2001 and was promoted to Sergeant in
2010. He also plays saxophone as a member of the 151st Army
National Guard Band.

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
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