Former House Rep Brian Turner to Lead Audubon North Carolina’s Policy Work

Turner will join the century-old conservation nonprofit in April, after serving four terms in the North Carolina House.

DURHAM, N.C. (March 9, 2023) – Audubon North Carolina is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Turner as the organization’s new policy director. Turner is joining Audubon after serving four terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

“I spent my time in the legislature working across the aisle to promote and protect North Carolina’s natural resources and wildlife. I am thrilled to continue this work with an organization that so closely aligns with my values,” Turner said. “I grew up in western North Carolina with a love of the outdoors and nature, so it was always a joy to meet with Audubon members to talk about birds, conservation, and the great work Audubon was doing. It’s an organization I can believe in with a mission that’s close to my heart, and I’m excited to continue this work with the Audubon team.”

Turner will start his new position in April, where he will oversee the organization’s policy work across the state.

During his tenure representing House District 116 in the North Carolina General Assembly, Turner worked with Audubon on bipartisan conservation legislation and policies, including a native plants bill, a bill that would protect family landowners and habitat, and conservation funding in the budget.

He served as vice-chair of Wildlife Resources Committee and was a member of the Agriculture, Natural and Economic Resources Appropriations Committee, which includes oversight of the state’s Land and Water Fund and Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

“Anyone who knows Brian understands his passion for the outdoors,” said Audubon North Carolina Executive Director Andrew Hutson. “We are delighted he will bring that passion and his deep understanding of North Carolina’s political landscape to work for birds and people as Audubon North Carolina’s new policy director.”

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