Charles D. Kelley
Class of 2014

Category: Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Born: 06/08/1924
Birthplace: Wallsboro, AL

Conservationist Administrator Sportsman 

Born June 8, 1924 in Wallsboro, AL.

Charles earned a Business Degree from Auburn University.  He was the first Executive Director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation.

In 1959 he was appointed Director of the Game and Fish Division (now Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries) of the state Conservation Department.  He held the position for 39 years.  Under his leadership, the state implemented aggressive restocking programs for deer and turkey.  He also implemented a very successful non-game wildlife program to increase the populations of the bald eagles, blue birds and osprey.

Through his efforts the State of Alabama is recognized for having one of the best non-game wildlife programs in the country. 

He served as President of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  He served on the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation and was elected Vice President.

He was honored as National Water Conservationist of the Year in 1968 by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.  He received the Seth Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 1983.

He received the Alabama Conservationist of the Year Award from the Alabama Wildlife Federation in 1992.

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