The Arkansas Wildlife Federation at the Governor’s 2014 Conservation Achievement Awards Banquet recently named Austin Klais, J.A. Fair 2011Valedictorian, Student Conservationist of the Year.
Austin Klais is the current president of the Arkansas Tech University Fisheries and Wildlife Society (ATUFWS). He has also served in the public relations office for the society. During his time as president, Klais has increased the activity of the society both on and off campus.
Klais has led the ATUFWS in participating in the Bearcat Hollow restoration efforts. He has also organized clean-up efforts along the society’s adoptive mile stretch in Pottsville as well as organizing a group of student to pick up trash along a stretch of highway for the national clean-up day.
Klasi helped organize the Arkansas Tech University (ATU) Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation bringing a new conservation focus to the ATU campus. He also worked to make the society’s 2nd Annual Beast Feast fundraiser a success feeding over 160 people different types of wild game. He introduced prospective students and their parents to the society and other fisheries and wildlife topics taking place in the State. Klais also helped the Friends of Holla Bend educate the public on topics related to birds and helped install birdhouses at the Holla Benda National Wildlife Refuge.