The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) is a non-profit organization that engages the natural world with citizens, outdoors enthusiasts, hunters, government and industry to protect North Carolina’s wildlife and habitats. Working collectively to manage these lands will continue to provide North Carolina citizens and future generations access to the diverse wildlife and habitats our state has to offer.
We enjoy being a sponsor of the conservation awards ceremony, and today we were pleased to sit down with one NCWF employee, Autumn Chappell.
When she’s not visiting historical parks and museums in the state or trying her green thumb at gardening, Autumn Chappell works as the NCWF membership and volunteer coordinator. There, she makes sure that future generations can enjoy the same outdoors experiences that others have grown to love.
“Every donation goes to work right here at home in North Carolina,” Chappell said.
Originally from Rhode Island, Chappell moved to North Carolina in 2005. Protecting natural resources was instilled in Chappell at an early age as she grew up recycling, joining in on community trash pickups, and helping her family tend to their vegetable garden. In elementary school she was asked to draw a picture that finished the question, “Open your eyes and see…” with something to teach others.
“I don’t remember what my classmates chose as their picture, but I drew a dry beach full of pollution,” Chappell said.
Chappell found NCWF aligned with her passion for protecting the environment and has enjoyed five years with the nonprofit organization. Two projects that particularly stand out to Chappell are the Great Outdoors University, which is a conservation-based experiential education program for children ages 6 to 18-years-old who have limited opportunities to explore the natural world, and the Farmers and Communities Manage Deer project, which brings together farmers, sportsmen and community groups to sustainably manage white-tailed deer, reduce deer damage to crops, increase local farm and community revenue and provide hunter-harvested venison to local food banks and shelters.
“That’s one of the things I love most about the NCWF, it really is for everyone,” Chappell said.
Thank Autumn for joining us, we look forward to the great things NCWF will continue to do!
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