More About Ward Burton Off The Track

  1. Founder of the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation - the “first” nonprofit organization started by a NASCAR driver (1996).
  2. Radio spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture - 2006/07
  3. Delivered keynote address for the White House Cooperative Conservation Conference - St. Louis, Missouri (under the Bush Administration)
  4. National spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Centennial Celebration - 2003/04
  5. Recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser - Virginia Piedmont Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  6. 2006 Recipient of the Distinguished Virginia Award - Virginia Association of Broadcasters  (VAB)
  7. Spokesperson for the Virginia State Park System - Department of Conservation and Recreation (PSAs)
  8. Spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (PSAs)
  9. Served as a regional board member for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (7 years) - appointed by Governor Mark Warner reappointed by Gov. Kaine
  10. Capital campaign chairman for the Conservation Education Center at the Appomattox 4-H Camp, Appomattox, Virginia
  11. Spokesperson for the Capitol Christmas Tree Campaign; Washington, D.C. - 2004
  12. Partnered with the Natural Resource Conservation Service to create and protect America’s wetlands
  13. Spokesperson for Save Our Salmon; to create spawning habitat for salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest - 2004
  14. Spokesperson and celebrity draw for Return to Nature, Inc. - a nonprofit outreach educational program that educated over 300,000 students and teachers about wildlife conservation and animal behavior (9 states)
  15. Spokesperson for National Hunting and Fishing Day
  16. Conducted promotional work for various wildlife conservation organization (Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Wildlife Forever) - membership drives and wildlife restoration
  17. PSAs for the Alabama and West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
  18. PSAs  - Hunters for the Hungry
  19. PSAs for Wildlife Mississippi - membership drives and events
  20. Served as a board member for Wildlife Forever
  21. Assisted in the organization of the Hoosier Heritage Youth Foundation - Boonsville, Indiana
  22. Hosted hunting and fishing events for ill and terminally ill children - United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA)
  23. Hosted outdoor events for children patients - Carilion Health System
  24. Honorary Co-leader of the Virginia Natural History Museum - Martinsville, Virginia (fundraising)
  25. Served as a judge for the 2006 Federal Duck Stamp national competition
  26. Promoted education at the Smithsonian Institution - Washington, DC
  27. Served as the celebrity spokesman for the Nature Conservancy - 2006/07
  28. PSAs for Bass Pro Shops
  29. Addressed students, scientists, and engineers at NASA  - Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia
  30. Recipient of the 2006 A. Willis Robertson Award - Virginia Chapter of the Wildlife Society
  31. National spokesperson for Earth Day 2006
  32. Recipient of the Governor’s Award for Clean Air - Virginia
  33. National spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America
  34. Spokesperson for the Virginia and North Carolina State Police - Click It or Ticket Campaign
  35. National spokesperson for the Department of Environmental Quality (PSAs)
  36. Spokesperson for Carilion Health System
  37. Spokesperson for the National Park Service
  38. Visited numerous hospitals across America to uplift ill and terminally ill children and their parents.
  39. WBWF held original land easement for the Petty’s Victory Junction Gang
  40. WBWF American Hero’s Day (honoring America’s military veterans) 12 consecutive years.
  41. Contracts with National Guard: ACUB Program (Army Compatible Use Buffer Zone) that helps fortify America’s armed forces training facilities at Fort Pickett, Virginia, and Fort Indiantown Gap, in Pennsylvania. Through this program, the WBWF owns, manages, or hold easements on over 18,000 acres
  42. Speaker for the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and Caucus at the Whitehouse - Washington, D.C.
  43. Participated in the Virginia Regional Conservation Economic Restoration (VARACER), acronym in honor of Ward’s participation, which promoted the demolition of a dam on the Pigg River in Virginia’s Franklin County, to protect the federally endangered Roanoke log perch.
  44. National spokesperson for the National 4-H Shooting Sports
  45. Spokesperson for 4-H in Alabama and Virginia (PSAs)
  46. Keynote speaker at QDMA National Convention - 2017
  47. Pollinator restoration PSAs for Dominion Energy