Maryland Wild Turkey Federation Honors NRP Officer
The Maryland Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation named Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) Corporal Scott Forrest Conservation Officer of the Year for his longstanding dedication to serving Maryland’s citizens and safeguarding the State’s wildlife and fisheries resources. He was presented the award at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s State banquet on January 12 in Stevensville.
“It was an honor to be selected for this award. The National Wild Turkey Federation is an outstanding organization, which does great things in the areas of conservation and education across the country,” said Forrest. “I am greatly appreciative not just for myself, but for the fact that yearly the Federation recognizes the officers of NRP for their enforcement efforts and protection of Maryland’s natural resources.”
Forrest has been employed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources since 1989 and currently serves Frederick and Washington counties. Forrest has worked tirelessly to help ensure the responsible use and overall preservation of Maryland’s natural resources. He has been with DNR for 22 years, 15 years as a Ranger with the Maryland Park Service and 7 years with NRP.
One of his many accomplishments includes the spring 2012 arrest and conviction of an individual who violated the law and exploited the State’s natural resources on more than one occasion. Forrest caught the offender baiting turkey, hunting with a rifle and hunting without a license. He was promoted to Corporal in September 2012.
“Corporal Forrest routinely requests to work on his scheduled days off to investigate and stakeout suspected poaching areas,” said his supervisor, Sgt Brenda Rohrback. “His dedication has resulted in apprehending numerous poachers for illegally baiting and hunting wild turkeys.”
The National Wild Turkey Federation is a national nonprofit conservation organization that has worked for the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of hunting. It was established in 1973 when the wild turkey population was estimated at 1.3 million birds. Today, the population of the wild turkey is over seven million birds and hunting seasons have been established in 49 states.