Conservation Efforts Recognized by NWTF and BLM


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two Bureau of Land Management employees earned conservation awards for their work on projects benefiting wild turkeys and other wildlife.

The National Making Tracks with the BLM Award recognizes people and projects that share goals with the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. This year’s winners are Sam Dearstyne and Rance Neighbors.

Dearstyne, of Grand Junction, Colorado, received the Partnership Achievement Award for his work on building a sustaining partnership with the NWTF that already has produced multiple grants for projects to improve streams and rivers by removing nonnative vegetation and replacing it with more fire-resistant native grasses.

Neighbors, of Worland, Wyoming, received the Habitat Management Project Award for the Rome Hill Juniper Treatment project in Wyoming. The main concerns of the project were to remove cedar that was invading sagebrush sire to provide critical habitat for sage grouse, mule deer, elk and other species, as well as reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires. Since the restoration, wild turkeys have used the revitalized areas, despite the project falling outside the normal area of wild turkeys in the region. (click here for photo)

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698