A Fisherman’s Passion

David Carleton is president of Region 8, Okanagan BCWF and is president of the Summerland Sportsmen’s Association. He has been with the federation for about 26 years. He first came into the federation so he could find out more about the area and to meet more people.

Dave was born and raised in the Similkameen Valley, and has spent all his life hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He is passionate about protecting our outdoor resources, and
promoting conservation and sustainable use to ensure that these important resources are available for future generations.

“I love what I do. I am a fisherman and I love the outdoors.”

At the 2018 BCWF AGM in Kamloops, Dave was elected as a Vice President of the BC Wildlife Federation. Through his involvement in his local club, the Region and the BCWF, Dave does a tremendous amount of volunteering. He looks after the archery division of the Summerland Sportsmen’s Association, represents both the club and the region at numerous meetings, committees and working groups, as well as continuing to spearhead club projects. With Dave’s help and leadership, the Summerland Sportsmen’s Association have successfully completed several notable projects, including the Garnet Valley Habitat Restoration Projects (ongoing), Mule Deer Habitat Projects and wetland restoration projects at Ritchie Lake and McCollough Lake.
While Dave has been involved in many projects, he is most proud of the wetlands projects he has helped with. These projects entailed restoring areas that had been impacted by recreational use back to their natural state.

We’ve brought lots of areas to their natural state. These are some of the projects that I’m most impressed by. If I can keep doing projects like that, I would.

Dave continues to dedicate his time and energy to volunteering because it is his passion. Dave believes that the BC Wildlife Federation is about looking after wildlife, habitat and conservation. He feels strongly that the BCWF is the only organization that looks after the resident hunters and anglers, and that is why he continues to focus his efforts and dedicate his time.

Dave is proud to be a part of the BC Wildlife Federation and looks forward to continuing to support the federation projects and initiatives.

~By Cheyenne Bergenhenegouwen

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