Jared was born and raised in the Flint Hills of Kansas, where he currently lives and serves as the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) Director of Conservation Operations for the Central Region. In this position, he leads a team of biologists and foresters in 14 states across the Great Plains and the Midwest and oversees conservation delivery and policy efforts in the Central Region. His focus is on ensuring the work is accomplished through dynamic partnerships with state and federal agencies, local groups, like-minded organizations and NWTF volunteers.
NWTF is a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage. The NWTF operates at the landscape level to enhance wildlife habitat, water resources, recreation opportunities and community resilience while working with partners like PLJV to fund collaborative solutions to complex issues. Jared views his service on the board as an integral part of working with like-minded agencies and organizations to find innovative and workable solutions to current conservation challenges.
He appreciates the efforts of the Joint Venture to engage the diverse set of stakeholders impacted by conservation programs and policies to ensure they have a seat at the table. Jared has enjoyed the personal and professional relationships established during his tenure on the board and always looks forward to hearing and seeing what partners are accomplishing individually, as well as what can be accomplished by working together.
Jared has more than 20 years of conservation experience, with a focus on finding solutions to complex land management challenges through diverse partnerships. He received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Emporia State University as well as a master’s degree in environmental biology with a wildlife emphasis. His professional experience includes private lands conservation delivery for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Jared enjoys spending time with his wife of more than 20 years and his two young daughters. Any free time remaining is spent pursuing a wide variety of wildlife with his bow or serving in various ministries sharing his faith.