Johns Creek at West Forsyth
Kevin Lowrey’s work both on and off the clock earned him the title of wildlife manager of the year from the Georgia National Wild Turkey Federation.
The Forsyth County man is a wildlife biologist for the local Department of Natural Resources and a member of the Sawnee Mountain chapter of the turkey federation.
Lowrey said he was surprised and thankful to learn he would receive the annual award, which he accepted Jan. 12 at the state convention in Dillard.
The DNR and the federation work together in many ways to promote management of the turkey population. Lowrey holds the role of coordinator of the statewide project, acting as a liaison between the two.
“We’re a long-standing partner,” he said. “They are instrumental in trapping and restocking the wild turkeys in Georgia, along with the Department of Natural Resources, and they continue to be a good partner managing the habitats.”
He also chairs the state DNR Wild Turkey Committee, which guides the statewide management of the bird.
Lowrey said he enjoys his work because he sees the results of his efforts in the field.
“I like bringing a poor quality habitat back to a good quality habitat and seeing the wildlife respond to it,” he said. “That’s probably where I get my biggest satisfaction.”
As a manager with the DNR, Lowrey said he handles a variety of issues for the northeast Georgia region, which includes Forsyth County. He collects data of wildlife populations, responds to questions and concerns and enacts management plans to promote conservation.
Lowrey has spent many years in his line of work, which fits his interests and his personality.
“I wanted to be a biologist,” he said. “I just didn’t see myself as a white lab coat kind of biologist.”
He’s also been a hunter for about 20 years, and is active in fundraising and educational efforts for the local and state turkey federation.
Wes Dorsey, who heads up the Sawnee Mountain chapter, was one of two who nominated Lowrey for the award after seeing his work over the past four years.
“He’s such a hard worker and he doesn’t give up when there’s something that needs to be done,” Dorsey said. “He goes out, takes the challenge and goes with it.”
Lowrey is involved in teaching kids how to hunt, raising money to buy land for hunters through a state program and working with his wife to hold Women in the Outdoors events.
In his nomination, Dorsey wrote that Lowrey “goes above and beyond the aspects of his job and always gives 200 percent when it comes to teaching others about the outdoors.”
Those activities also contributed to the chapter earning a Top Gun Award at the state convention for the 11th year running.
According to Dorsey, three clubs in each region receive the award for being a well-rounded chapter.
To support those efforts and events, the club will hold its annual fundraiser banquet March 12, about a week before the start of turkey hunting season March 23.