Alabama NWTF Hunting Heritage State Super Fund Projects

Numbers updated in May of 2012

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Administered jointly by the NWTF, its state chapters and state wildlife agencies, the Hunting Heritage Super Fund is used for projects that support the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting tradition. Nationally, NWTF chapters and cooperating partners have raised and spent more than $412 million for wild turkey conservation.

Since 1985 Alabama chapters have spent $1,822,197 on projects within the state. A sampling of these projects is provided below.

Habitat Enhancement

Spent $861,767 to complete habitat improvement projects.

  • maintenance and development of brood habitat

  • wildlife openings

  • prescribed fire

  • tree planting

  • riparian restoration

  • water development projects

  • control of invasive plant species

  • support of seed subsidy and conservation seed programs

Habitat enhancement projects have impacted more than 91,787 acres within the state.

  • 6,041 acres of wildlife openings

  • 24,566 acres of prescribed burning

Purchased equipment for habitat management including:

  • 4 trailers

  • equipment for prescribed burning

  • 2 plows

  • 5 seeders

  • 2 spreaders

  • 17 sprayers

  • 5 planters

  • 5 disk/harrows

Projects were completed on:

  • Autauga Co. Community Hunting Area

  • Bankhead National Forest

  • Barbour Co. WMA

  • Blue Spring WMA

  • Boykin WMA

  • Cahaba River WMA

  • Choccolocco WMA

  • Conecuh National Forest

  • Coosa WMA

  • Covington WMA

  • Demopolis WMA

  • Escambia Creek Community Hunting Area

  • Eufaula NWR

  • Fort Rucker

  • Freedom Hills WMA

  • Lauderdale WMA

  • Little River Canyon WMA

  • Lowndes WMA

  • Mud Creek WMA

  • Oakmulgee WMA

  • Perdido River WMA

  • Sam R. Murphy WMA

  • Seven Mile Island WMA

  • Scotch WMA

  • Skyline WMA

  • St. Clair Community Hunting Area

  • Stimpson Sanctuary

  • Talladega National Forest

  • Tuskegee National Forest

Education

Spent $225,007 on educational programs and literature including scholarships, education boxes, 4-H and teacher workshops.

  • Awarded 226 scholarships.

  • Donated more than 1,025 education boxes to area schools

Spent $35,993 on educational projects for volunteers and professionals including:

  • Volunteer leadership workshops

  • Wild Turkey Woodlands field days

  • State web sites and newsletters

  • Purchased 308 educational CD-ROMs

JAKES

Spent $46,228 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting. Sponsored 137 JAKES conservation field days throughout the state.

Hunting Heritage

Spent $74,650 to protect and promote the hunting tradition including contributions to the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Hunter Safety

Spent $10,660 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives within the state. Purchased hunter safety materials and equipment, including interactive shooting systems.

Turkey Restoration

Spent $675 to trap and transfer turkeys within the state. Expenses include the purchase of trapping equipment such as nets, rockets and rocket charges.

Women's Programs

Spent $20,050 on programs, materials and equipment to introduce women to the outdoors, hunting and conservation. Sponsored 58 Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state.

Rewards

Spent $51,982 to protect wild turkeys and other wildlife through support of state sponsored reward programs, the printing of reward signs and reward payments.

Management

Spent $43,289 on wild turkey management.

  • operation of wild turkey check stations
  • hunter success and satisfaction surveys
  • completion of wild turkey management plans
  • support of law enforcement activities

Purchased equipment to support law enforcement and management activities including:

  • ATV's

  • weight scales for check stations

  • survey/surveillance cameras

  • gates to limit vehicular access

Land Purchase

Spent $207,385 to purchase 23,625 acres of land or conservation easements to preserve wildlife habitat and provide additional hunting areas.

Research

Spent $36,140 on wild turkey research. Purchased equipment related to research such as radio telemetry equipment.

Wheelin' Sportsmen

Spent $9,800 to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation. Sponsored 5 Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.

Other

Spent $134,640 on other projects including organizational dues, travel expenses to professional meetings, special NWTF projects, and chapter rebates.