EDGEFIELD, S.C. — During a recent meeting in North Platte, Nebraska, The Nebraska State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation approved $58,950 in funding to support Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative in Nebraska.
The Nebraska State NWTF Chapter board of directors reviewed and allocated funding for numerous projects and secured $1.5 million in funding from our partners, representing an 37-to-one match rate for NWTF funding.
The board awarded $31,450 to Save the Hunt. efforts in Nebraska, including JAKES, WITO, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, local and state scholarships and one hunter access project. Specific projects include, but are not limited to, the following:
- $3,800 to support the National Archery in the Schools Program and shooting range development
- $10,000 to purchase two trailers for hunting and shooting sports education and outreach efforts in the northeast and southwest regions of the state
- $12,000 to support the Open Fields & Water Canyon Access Initiative, a partnership with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and area landowners
In addition, the Nebraska State Board of Directors dedicated $27,500 to the following Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects. Projects receiving funding for 2019 occur in the Black Hills-Pine Ridge focal landscape, helping Nebraska to Save the Habitat.
- $5,000 for continued support of the NWTF District Biologist Program
Partners: NGPC, NWTF Kansas, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks & Tourism
- $15,000 to suppose the 1,520-acre Charcoal Creek Acquisition in northwest Nebraska.
Partners: NGPC, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Big Game Society, Wild Sheep Foundation and more
- $7,500 to support forest stand improvements. This is an annual commitment for three years for use in match funds for large grants and landscape-level efforts
Partners: NGPC, Nebraska Forest Service, U.S. Forest Service, private landowners and more
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 a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or 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 NWTF.org.
For more information, contact Jared McJunkin at (785) 456-9735.