Clevelander named head of Mississippi Wildlife Federation
by Rory Doyle
Mar 27, 2013 | 3784 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland native Brad Young is forging his path in the Mississippi wildlife scene.

The board of directors for the Mississippi Wildlife Federation has selected Young to lead the organization as the new executive director, beginning April 22.

Young, whose resume in natural resources is lengthy, is looking forward to the new role with the MWF.

For the past 10 years, he has served as the Black Bear Program Leader with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity that I certainly couldn't pass up," said Young. "The Mississippi Wildlife Federation is an organization that carries a lot of respect across the state and has a vested interest in the natural resources of Mississippi."

The lifetime outdoor enthusiast will proudly rely on his Delta background through the endeavor.

"With me being born and raised in the Delta, and growing up in Cleveland, I can really appreciate the unique habitat here," he said.

Young graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in wildlife sciences and a master's in forestry.

MWF President Rick Dillard said he's thrilled to have Young take the reigns.

"We were looking for someone with great leadership skills and new ideas," said Dillard. "Brad made everyone very comfortable and confident that he would be a great leader for the federation."

Young said he would focus on promoting environmental awareness, outdoor education and youth outreach.

Young's connections throughout the state should be an asset and help expand fundraising opportunities, partnerships and contracts with other supportive associations.

Working for the MDWFP has allowed him to network with a variety of public and private natural resource organizations.

"We're really excited about Brad coming on board," added Dillard. "He brings a fresh new energy and youth."

"Working with black bears for the past 10 years has really segued me into this position," Young added. "I have extensive knowledge in both game and nongame species, natural resources and also Mississippi's natural heritage.

The mission of the MWF is to conserve Mississippi’s natural resources and protect its wildlife legacy.

Established in 1946, it is the oldest and largest nonprofit conservation organization in the state, representing over 20,000 hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts.