NWTF participates in roundtable with Secretary Zinke



EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation was honored to be a part of Wednesday's roundtable discussion with Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, senior Department of Interior officials and other conservation organizations in Washington, D.C.

NWTF CEO Becky Humphries and Joel Pedersen, NWTF director of government affairs, attended the discussions on behalf of the NWTF.

Topics of discussion covered the proposed reorganization of the Department of the Interior as well as secretarial order 3362, which will improve habitat quality and western big game winter range and migration corridors.

“For years, agencies within the Department of the Interior have collaborated with the NWTF and other like-minded conservation organizations to carry out projects benefiting wildlife and habitat,” Humphries said. “We encourage the DOI to look to these examples during their reorganization to identify how the department can more effectively and efficiently bring about on-the-ground conservation efforts."

The meeting was a great way to open up dialogue between Zinke and conservation organizations so they are better able to communicate conservation priorities and collaborate on shared goals with the DOI.

Twenty-two conservation and environmental groups were invited to participate in the roundtable discussions.

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