2024 Foresters Forum Keynote Speaker
Kurt Dryoff, Co-CEO
Kurt Dyroff is co-CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Founded in 1973, the NWTF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve the American wild turkey and preserve the country’s hunting heritage. Appointed to his co-CEO role in May 2022, Dyroff leads mission-related duties for the NWTF, including conservation and government affairs, finance and accounting, and general business support. Dyroff has a proven record of successful staff and program management across the country including the development of both national and regional level partnerships with public, private, and non-governmental partners as well as with private landowners.
Over the last fifty years, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested over half a billion dollars into wildlife conservation and has positively impacted over 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. In addition, the NWTF has become the single largest organization involved in stewardship agreements with the USDA Forest Service and has consistently ranked among the leading federal timber purchasers in the country annually. The organization continues to deliver its mission by working across boundaries on a landscape scale to increase clean and abundant water, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities, and robust recreational opportunities across the U.S.
Dyroff is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in environmental engineering. Dyroff also is a fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club, and board members of the Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports.
Dyroff was born and raised in the mountains of north-central Pennsylvania where he was introduced to the turkey woods at an early age. An avid hunter and fisherman, Dyroff currently resides in Sandpoint, Idaho with his wife and their two children.