Conservation Efforts Recognized by NWTF and NRCS


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two NRCS state offices and one individual accepted Making Tracks with the Natural Resources Conservation Service awards at the 42nd annual National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sport Show.

The award recognizes people or projects that best incorporate conservation education, partnerships and wild turkey management to support the NWTF’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.

Those receiving awards this year were:

Texas and Oklahoma NRCS state offices – Partnership Achievement Award

Since 2013, the Grasslands Restoration Incentive Program has provided incentives for more than 100 projects on more than 70,000 acres of private working lands in Texas and Oklahoma, which has provided critical habitat.

Paula Hingson – Partnership Achievement Award

Hingson, the NRCS assistant state conservationist for easement programs, has been instrumental in building partnerships between Illinois NRCS and the NWTF. Although there is one cooperative forester position, Hingson has worked to develop funding for a second position in the Driftless Area of northern Illinois.

“We could not do what we do without partners like the NRCS,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Its dedicated staff make building the necessary partnerships a much easier task.”

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