Mission Statement:

Ensuring the future of wildlife in Appalachia through, restoration, education, research and economic development embracing the wildlife and wild lands of the region.





President & CEO

David Ledford

David Ledford became the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation's first President/CEO in January 2010. He joined AWF after eight years with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation where he served as a Director and Vice President. Over his twenty years in the wildlife conservation community before coming to AWF, David's experience ranged from hands-on habitat work as a Certified Wildlife Biologist to management of national operations as a General Manager and Sr. Vice President. He has experienced success with both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

He has extensive experience in conservation planning, collaboration between multiple organizations, lobbying, habitat restoration and developing wildlife management solutions. At AWF he has forged partnerships with government agencies, private industry and other conservation organizations. David is currently spearheading the development of the Appalachian Wildlife Center, a $19 million dollar project, scheduled to open in 2019.

David and his wife Jennifer live in London, Kentucky where he enjoys hunting and fishing with his four sons and a daughter. He has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Tennessee and an M.S. from the University of Georgia in Forest Resource Management and Wildlife Biology.

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