NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service received a national award from the National Wild Turkey Federation for its long and distinguished history of partnership through collaborative conservation delivery across its 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands.
Representatives of the forest service accepted the Land Stewardship Award during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official show sponsor.
The Forest Service is one of the NWTF’s greatest partners, working in a variety of ways to promote the conservation ethic and best manage the land resource through active forest and habitat management.
NWTF and the Forest Service have collaborated on 114 projects — including several in the development phase — across nearly all Forest Service regions and impacting more than 70,000 acres, a total value of nearly $40 million.
In addition, the NWTF and the Forest Service have joined to fund as many as 13 forester positions through cost-sharing agreements. The positions address capacity needs and foster cooperation to make an impact on the conservation needs across the country.
“On a national scale, the Forest Service truly embodies the Land Stewardship Award,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We thank them for their forward and visionary thinking, collaboration with traditional and non-traditional partners, and their stewardship ethic.”
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.