NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Making Tracks with the USDA Forest Service awards recognize people and projects that best incorporate conservation education, partnerships and wild turkey management. The awards were presented during the National Wild Turkey Federation’s 42nd annual Convention and Sport Show to projects and programs that achieve goals of the organization's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative.
The Daniel Boone National Forest received a group award for Partnership Achievement. This award recognizes accomplishments in strengthening and expanding the partnership between the NWTF and the USDA Forest Service. (click here for photo)
The partnership began four years ago with wildlife biologist Joe Metzmeier’s efforts on a Collection Agreement for planting native American chestnut trees on the Stearns District working with the NWTF Kentucky State Chapter. That partnership has since expanded and has impacted thousands of acres. (click here for photo)
The Big Piney Ranger District of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest received a group award in the Habitat Management Program category. Since its beginning in 2009, the Bearcat Hollow Stewardship Wildlife Management Project Agreement has expanded to cover more than 140,000 acres and has resulted in the creation of 60 wildlife openings covering more than 1,200 acres. (click here for photo)
The Sioux Ranger District in the Custer Gallatin National Forest received a group award in the Partnership Achievement category. This award recognizes accomplishments in strengthening and expanding the partnership between the NWTF and the Forest Service. From hazardous fuels mitigation to cooperative youth turkey hunts, this partnership has been active since 2014 and has partnered with the Forest Service and the NWTF to leverage resources to enhance wild turkey habitat. (click here for photo)
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 NWTF.org.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698