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David K. Whitehurst
Outside Director

 FEF Board of Directors 2nd 3 year term: 2013-2016; 2016-2019  

David retired in 2019 after 40 years of experience with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and 41 years of experience as a fish and wildlife biologist.  He was Director of the Department's Bureau of Wildlife Resources and finished his tenure as Federal Liason & Capital Planning Director.  He  held a number of positions within the VDGIF including Director of Fisheries, Funding Initiative Coordinator, Deputy Director of Operations, and Director of the Wildlife Diversity Division for the Agency.  David has also been active in legislative initiatives at the state and federal level. 

David led the legislative component for two major funding initiatives that provided significant new sources of funding and was actively involved in the Wallop Breaux expansion and the CARA/State Wildlife Grants funding efforts. 

He served as Chair of the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, as Chair of the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and as the Partners-in-Flight representative to the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.  He has received a number of awards and recognitions including the C.W. Watson Award from the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 2012.