EDGEFIELD, S.C. — National Wild Turkey Federation chapters in Texas budgeted $139,257 to further the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative within the state for 2018.
“We are excited to provide these 2018 Super Funds in Texas for leveraging with partners to help habitat management, hunting heritage efforts, access, and wild turkey restoration," said Texas State Chapter President Craig White. "This is right on track with our state strategic plan for Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt."
The board of directors for the state chapter approved funding for projects that will control invasive plant species, maintain productive wildlife openings, create healthier forests and help to preserve our hunting heritage.
“The support our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative receives from our state boards and chapter members is second to none,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “This super fund money is critical for us to achieve our mission and the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative.”
Projects receiving funding include, but are not limited to:
Habitat Enhancements ($58,750) – supporting efforts on Gene Howe, Gus Engeling, James Daughtrey, Muse and Pat Mayse wildlife management areas. Including the 3:1 match ratio by Pittman-Robertson federal aid funds through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, funding total for on-the-ground work on these WMAs is $107,000. Funding also supports the NWTF East Texas biologist position, support for three NWTF land leasing biologists and TPWD's R3 (hunter recruitment, retention and reactivation) plan.
Scholarships ($10,500) - providing 16 local scholarships and one state scholarship
Outreach ($11,500) - funding JAKES, Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin' Sportsmen and 4-H Shooting Sport events, as well as the National Archery in the Schools Program and the Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge
Hunting Heritage ($6,250) - supporting Texas Youth Hunting and the Outdoors Tomorrow programs.
Wild Turkey Restoration ($4,000) - supporting TPWD Eastern wild turkey restoration – shipping costs, disease testing, fuel, etc.
To read the entire budget summary, click here.
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 Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698