Sunday, March 7, 2010

SCWF Welcomes New Board Members

Two conservationists from the midlands were named to South Carolina Wildlife Federation's board of directors this month. These two new members share SCWF's mission, which is to "ADVOCATE for wildlife, habitat, and the environment, EDUCATE citizens in the conservation ethic, and SUPPORT outdoor traditions."
The new midlands board members are Will Batson and Tom Skaggs.

Will Batson was born in Greenwood and is a graduate of The Citadel and Harvard University's Graduate School. Gaining his appreciation for the outdoors at an early age as an Eagle Scout, Batson's passion for the outdoors continues. He is Vice President of Development for Columbia's Diversified Development, a position he has held for the past 6 years. In his free time, Batson enjoys farming, fishing, and hunting, and is especially interested and active in re-establishing and enhancing native grasslands and long leaf pine stands--both important habitat for the bobwhite quail.

Tom Skaggs is a graduate of the University of Montana's School of Forestry and works as an account executive for Outdoor Underwriters. He has experience working as a forester in both the government and private sectors, and has been involved in extensive long-leaf pine recovery projects. With his education and work experience, he brings a unique understanding to the plight of landowners and wildlife and what it means to balance the two groups. He enjoys fly-fishing and bird hunting in his spare time.

The SCWF is a state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation and is involved in numerous aspects of protecting and improving the Palmetto State's wildlife resources for future generations. Check out SCWF's website at for more information, and to see how you can get involved as a volunteer.

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