NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently received the Land Stewardship Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation for promoting responsible forest management, wood procurement and manufacturing practices for the benefit of the nation’s forests, wildlife and people.
Jeff Lusk, an NWTF Technical Committee member, accepted the award on behalf of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission during the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville.
The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the organization’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the NWTF have a long history of partnering to enhance wildlife habitats across the state. NGPC manages land on 290 Wildlife Management Areas, which amount to more than 185,426 acres. Projects have included treatment of invasive species, controlled burns, improved hunter access, grassland and oak woodland restoration as well as general maintenance of the habitats they manage. Through their State Wildlife Action Plan, NGPC has identified 35 biologically unique landscapes, and within those landscapes they showcase the best management practices available to reverse downward trends in habitat quality. This allows private landowners and agencies alike to watch active habitat management in real time.
“The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has had a major impact in habitat restoration,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “By using partnerships on public and private lands, the NGPC and the NWTF have opened the door for private individuals as well as other agencies to see what active habitat management looks like, and all wildlife will benefit.”
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit or reactivate at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.