EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Cpl. Michael Friend with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation for his efforts in conserving America's wildlife.
Friend, a resident of Keyser, W.Va., will be recognized as the group's Maryland Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at its 33rd annual Convention and Sport Show Feb. 19 to 22 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
The group initiated the State Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award in 2000 to highlight the contributions from wildlife officers across the country.
In addition to playing a crucial role in helping to convict wildlife criminals, many wildlife officers volunteer their own time to help educate youth about the importance of wildlife, conservation and hunting traditions.