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Nevada Wildlife Federation

Nevada Wildlife Federation Hires Russell Kuhlman as Executive Director

Reno, NV – The Nevada Wildlife Federation has hired Russell Kuhlman as its Executive Director. As Executive Director, Kuhlman will lead the Nevada Wildlife Federation’s efforts to sustain Nevada’s wildlife through conservation and education and grow the organization to meet the challenges facing Nevada’s wildlife.

“Russell’s experience collaborating with partners on public lands advocacy gives him a deep understanding of the importance of protecting habitat for wildlife,” said Robert Gaudet, President of the Nevada Wildlife Federation. “His track record of accomplishment and passion for wildlife make him the perfect fit to lead the Nevada Wildlife Federation into our next chapter.”

Kuhlman previously worked as the California and Nevada Chapter Coordinator for Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, where he led efforts to protect habitat for wildlife and ensure public land access for all stakeholders, and as the Nonlead Ammunition Outreach Coordinator for the Institute for Wildlife Studies, where he partnered with federal, state, and nonprofit organizations to provide information about switching to nonlead ammunition to hunters.

“I’m excited to work with the board of directors to strengthen the organization and position the Nevada Wildlife Federation as a leading and influential wildlife advocacy organization in Nevada,” said Kuhlman.  “I look forward to collaborating with our partners in our joint efforts to conserve public lands, maintain, enhance, and restore wildlife corridors, ensure responsible energy development, and engage Nevadans from all walks of life into our outdoor heritage.”

“Russell brings important skills and experience to the role, and we are excited about growing our partnership with the Nevada Wildlife Federation to ensure responsible management of public lands in Nevada,” said Craig M. Benjamin, Director of Conservation Partnerships at the National Wildlife Federation.

Kuhlman received his B.A. in wildlife studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and is a certified hunter education instructor and a wildland firefighter. Kuhlman will officially start as Executive Director on March 16, 2020, based out of Reno, NV.


The Nevada Wildlife Federation is an affiliate of National Wildlife Federation and the oldest statewide conservation organization dedicated to sustaining to sustaining Nevada’s wildlife through conservation and education.

The Nevada Wildlife Federation (NvWF) is the oldest statewide conservation organization dedicated to sustaining Nevada’s natural resources for wildlife through conservation, preservation, and education.

Nevada Wildlife Federation, Inc. (NvWF) officers and workers are all volunteers and are not paid for their service to the organization or for the time spent on projects. Funds raised by the NvWF are used to purchase materials for field projects, for contributions to government agencies such as the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), and for specific purposes such as wildlife research and habitat improvements. The NvWF also makes donations to, or pools resources with, other non-profit organizations for state approved wildlife management projects in Nevada. A quarterly newsletter and other normal operating costs make up the remainder of the organization’s expenses.