International agreement bolsters wild turkeys and their habitat

12/13/2016

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation pledging to work together on common natural resource goals.

The CWTF will celebrate its third anniversary in February and has established itself as the new face of conservation in Canada. Many of their mission goals align with those of the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative in the United States. The initiative aims to conserve or enhance 4 million acres of wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million hunters to the tradition and open 500,000 acres of quality habitat to hunting.

CWTF’s mission includes:

  • To promote the establishment, restoration, preservation and sustainable management of wild turkeys and their habitats in Canada  
  • To develop programs and engage in projects to establish, restore, preserve and enhance wild turkey hunting practices, traditions and heritage
  • To promote responsible wild turkey hunting practices, traditions and heritage
  • To work with governments, organizations and others to develop programs and engage in projects to protect and enhance wildlife habitat
  • To promote conservation, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor- and wildlife-oriented activities
  • To host, sponsor and promote educational, social, exhibition and other events for members and the public

“The collaboration between the NWTF and the CWTF will have great impacts on the conservation of the wild turkey as well as the preservation of the hunting heritage in North America,” said NWTF CEO George Thornton. “Being such close neighbors with many shared natural resources, this agreement will ensure wild turkey populations prosper on both sides of the border.”

CWTF President Terry Smith agreed. “I believe this MOU will be great news for NWTF members to see the organization has a connection back in Canada.”

In less than three years, the CWTF has grown to 1,700 members across the Canadian provinces and territories. In the coming year, Smith said the CWTF plans to focus on building more chapters, increasing their two new outreach programs, Women Like Us and Kids Like Us, as well as delving deeper into habitat conservation and preservation.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 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. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners, the NWTF has facilitated the investment of $488 million in wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America’s hunting heritage. The NWTF has improved more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introduce 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. 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. The NWTF is well on its way to meet or exceed these goals. For more information, visit NWTF.org.

About the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation
Canadian Wild Turkey Federation, headquartered in Ontario, Canada, is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that focuses on the motto of conserve, enhance and protect. To learn more, visit www.cwtf.ca, phone the CWTF at (613) 922-2825 or reach them by email at info@cwtf.ca.

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