Leading Outdoor Organizations/Industry Join COHA Board of Directors
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA) is pleased to announce the addition of four leaders of our nation's outdoor industry to their Board of Directors. The slate of new Directors was approved at COHA's annual "Meeting of the Members" held recently in Petaluma, California. Joining the COHA Board of Directors are:
M. David Allen - President and CEO, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), a national conservation organization with more than 150,000 members supporting over 550 chapters nationwide;
George C. Thornton - President and CEO, National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), an internationally recognized conservation organization with 350,000 members and 2,300 chapters nationwide, and international chapters in Canada and Mexico;
Chris Dorsey - President/Executive Producer, Orion Multimedia, the international leader of outdoor adventure programming. Chris Dorsey has created more than 35 television series, currently producing 32 series on five networks; and
Gene Lumsden - President and CEO, Turner's Outdoorsman, the West Coast's premier hunting, fishing and shooting outlet, operating 13 stores in Southern California.
In taking a seat on the COHA Board, these gentlemen have joined ranks with three other major wildlife conservation organizations - California Waterfowl, Mule Deer Foundation and Delta Waterfowl - whose leaders already serve on the COHA Board of Directors.
"We are honored to have these leaders of our nation's finest outdoor organizations and industry join our Board," stated Bill Gaines, President of COHA. "These gentlemen recognize the nationwide influence of political decisions made in California and the positive impact COHA is having on our nation's toughest political playing field."
M. David Allen commented, "California faces many unprecedented challenges in protecting our members' ability to maintain a connection with our natural resources. RMEF believes COHA is the right organization at the right time to face those challenges. We are honored to join the Alliance."
George Thornton stated, "NWTF is pleased to align with COHA and add to the collective voice of hunting heritage and conservation. Our voices must be fully united to be heard as our traditions are being challenged on many fronts. The success of COHA is integral to the future of conservation, our heritage and NWTF's mission accomplishment."
Chris Dorsey agreed: "No one knows more about the threats posed to hunters and gun owners across America than California sportsmen," said Dorsey. "COHA has pioneered a successful model to answer these threats. Make no mistake; those threats will be coming to other states soon. That's why the time to engage with COHA in California is now."
"The time is now to stand united for the rights of all hunters and sportsmen throughout California," concluded Gene Lumsden. "Turner's Outdoorsmen is proud to unite under COHA to effectively protect our heritage for future generations."
The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance is a 501(c)4 non-profit political advocacy organization dedicated solely to the promotion of wildlife and the protection of our hunting heritage. For more information, visit http://www.outdoorheritage.org
SOURCE California Outdoor Heritage Alliance