NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Wild Turkey Federation presented six Save the Habitat Awards for outstanding achievement in helping the NWTF work toward its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative goal for acres conserved or enhanced.
Representatives from the Lake Champlain Longbeards and the Alabama, Indiana, Florida, Minnesota and Texas state chapters accepted their Save the Habitat awards during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.
The accomplishments of this year’s winners include:
Alabama NWTF State Chapter – Acreage Award: The NWTF gives this award to the state chapter that accomplishes the greatest number of conserved or enhanced acres through direct financial contributions from Super Fund and other funding sources in the previous year. In 2018, The Alabama chapter conserved or enhanced 114,919 acres.
Indiana NWTF State Chapter – Partnership Award: The NWTF presents the award to the state or local chapter that promotes new partnerships and/or significantly strengthens existing partnerships through habitat projects and program support during the past year. Since 2013, the Indiana chapter has worked with Hoosier National Forest on an internship program for college students. Two interns in 2018 worked to conserve 85 acres, bringing the program total to an estimated 1,500 acres.
Lake Champlain Longbeards – Volunteer Award: The NWTF presents this award to the local chapter that dedicates volunteer hours toward habitat projects and programs within its state. Twelve volunteers worked on Camels Hump State Forest to maintain apple trees to provide an important fall and winter food source for wild turkeys and other wildlife.
Minnesota NWTF State Chapter – Efficiency Award: The NWTF gives this award to the state chapter that has the greatest match ratio between total NWTF funding allocated for conservation delivery and partner match secured in the past year. The Minnesota chapter leveraged nearly $124,000 in Super Fund expenses to deliver $4.6 million in mission-related projects and programs.
Florida NWTF State Chapter – Cooperation Award: The Florida chapter received this award for making the greatest financial contribution toward conservation delivery through habitat projects, programs, research or policy in the past year. The chapter allocated 85 percent of its Super Fund expense toward conservation efforts.
Texas NWTF State Chapter – Public Relations Award: The chapter received this award for going above and beyond to “tell the NWTF story” specific to conservation delivery efforts through various media outlets in an effort to educate, recruit and retain members and volunteers in the previous year.
“Our goal of 4 million acres of habitat conserved or enhanced is well within reach thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and members,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We are proud to honor these chapters for their achievements and look forward to what the future holds in our in our efforts to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”
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 Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.