Joey Bell, Nashville, TN
Joey Bell grew up on a farm in middle Tennessee. It was during his life there, he learned the value of hard work, respect for animals, and how to be a steward of the land by tending crops and maintaining habitat for wildlife.
His love for public lands was cultivated in the Duck River where he spent many days catching catfish and smallmouth bass as well as the occasional duck hunt in the winter. With a passion for the outdoors and preservation of our wildlife, he joined BHA immediately after hearing about their mission to protect our public lands. He knew he wanted to become involved and quickly volunteered for leadership roles within the Southeast Chapter."
Gunner Hall, Savannah, GA
Gunner is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast. Starting at an early age by “camping” out in his parent’s back yard with friends and backpacking the Colorado Rockies in his late teens.
His love of the outdoors remains today with hunting birds and big game mainly in the woods and swamps of Georgia’s Low Country and fishing in Georgia’s Atlantic Coastal Waterways. He is a strong advocate for conservation efforts and is committed to helping preserve public hunting land for future generations to enjoy. Gunner is a member of multiple organizations dedicated to conservation such as: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Ruffed Grouse Society and The Ogeechee Riverkeeper.
Christopher L. Jenkins, PhD, Tiger, GA
Dr. Chris Jenkins is Founder, Director, and Chief Executive Officer of The Orianne Society. He also chairs the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Viper Specialist Group and has served in advisory and leadership roles in Partners for Reptiles and Amphibian Conservation and Gopher Tortoise Council. Since its founding the Orianne Society has worked on conservation projects for reptiles and amphibians across North America. Specifically, Orianne has protected and restored a great deal of habitat much of which is now public land that can be accessed by anyone to hunt and fish. Chris is a sportsman and hunts extensively across the southeast, northeast and the west. His interest in conservation, hunting, and wilderness brought him to serve on the board of the southeast chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. Chris’ expertise is in the ecology and conservation of rattlesnakes and he travels across the country giving seminars on rattlesnake ecology, snake bite prevention, and treatment of snake bite in the field. He gives these seminars to a wide range of groups including sportmans groups, agency staff, and Boy Scout troops.
Before founding the Orianne Society Dr. Jenkins worked with Wildlife Conservation Society to conserve rare wildlife species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He also has worked with the United States Forest Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Massachusetts, University of British Columbia, and National Geographic. Chris received a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Massachusetts in wildlife biology and wildlife conservation, respectively. Where he focused on the ecology and conservation of rare salamanders. He received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Idaho State University where he studied the impacts of grazing and changing fire regimes on Great Basin Rattlesnakes.
Scott M. Jones, Atlanta, GA
Aldo Leopold once said that “a thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community.” BHA in my mind is built around this ethos and the preservation of the uniquely American privilege of wild publics lands feels about as “right” of an ambition that any man or organization can ever set to accomplish. Public lands have taught me more life lessons than I ever could have hoped to have learned from my father who passed away when I was a child. My aim and I believe BHA’s aim, is to preserve and expand this very fertile training ground for all those that are daring and open enough to learn from it.
Jeffrey M. Jones, Huntsville, AL
BHA is the intersection of all the things that matter to me regarding the outdoors: the sporting life, environmental conservation and mindful stewardship of natural resources. It is my tribe.
Caleb Kaywood, New Orleans, LA
I, and many other Americans, cut my teeth on public land – learning lessons about hard work, patience, humility, and perseverance. This is the “American way.” Without these lands, America will lose a significant tool in shaping America’s work ethic and cultural identity.
Drew Loschke, Nashville, TN
I believe that BHA will fight for me, but not just for me, but for “the number within the womb of time…the unborn generations."
Lee MacDonald, Atlanta, GA
Public Land is something uniquely American. It allows us to pay the debt to the earth for what we take. It allows us the freedoms to wander. BHA allows us to stand up for those freedoms.
Andrew Monaghan, Magnolia Springs, AL
I am drawn to BHA’s commitment to public land advocacy, outdoor traditions, and intelligent use. Furthermore, I believe BHA will be an effective and powerful voice for public lands in the Southeast.
Chad A. Rischar, Keystone Heights, FL
I’m a member of several personal and professional organizations, but BHA is the center stone of my values and beliefs. Access to public lands, conservation, and improving “ the well, not the pump” are vital to our nation’s future. I am actively engaged in BHA because I enjoy being a Public Land Owner and protecting public access in perpetuity.
Joshua Watts, Wesson MS
I grew up in Mississippi, enjoying the public woods and waters that the state has to offer. While the southeast region has some great public access and opportunity, it doesn't have the amount that the western states enjoy. This makes the public land we have even more precious. I know BHA is committed to preserving these lands and I will stand with them to do my part.
Howard Whiteman, Paris TN
As an ecologist, I see BHA as a guide for how humans can ethically and sustainably interact with the environment. Hunters and anglers have always been among the leaders of conservation, and we need the moral fortitude, perseverance, and work ethic of BHA members now more than ever.