Kansan wins prestigious National Wildlife Federation’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Emporia’s Phil Taunton has been named “2012 Volunteer of the Year” by the National Wildlife Federation.

Emporia’s Phil Taunton has been named “2012 Volunteer of the Year by the National Wildlife Federation”. Taunton received the award last Saturday, at the conservation group’s annual meeting in Albuquerque.

A press release said Taunton was chosen because “his service and dedication to educating America on the importance of wildlife conservation.”

Taunton has been involved in many outdoors education programs in Kansas, including ECO-Meets, No Child Left Inside and the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs. He was also instrumental in publication of “Last Child on the Prairie: A Directory for Parents and Teachers for Returning Children to the Outdoors.” He has also been a leading member in several programs that have promoted youth enjoying the outdoors in honor of Beau Arndt, an area youth tragically killed by a poacher while he was hunting geese with his friends.

Taunton has also been active in creating anti-poaching legislation and pushes outdoors causes on his “What’s In Outdoors” radio show on KVOE, 14000 AM in Emporia.