State Strategies - Working Together to Achieve Big Things
Map updated January 2014
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Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. has three main objectives:
conserve and enhance 4 million acres of upland wildlife habitat.
create 1.5 million hunters,
open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting and outdoor recreation.
NWTF staff spent months developing these lofty, but achievable, goals that will make a positive impact on wildlife conservation, hunter access and the hunting community. Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. is a vehicle for NWTF volunteers and partners to work as a unified body to make a real difference and evoke real change.
We must stand united — one team with three goals — if Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. is to be successful. The key to our success? State strategic plans.
Over the next several years, NWTF state chapters will form and implement plans to realize these goals, carving out their pieces of the big project. NWTF headquarters staff is prepared to offer the support volunteers need to make these goals a reality.
Each state is invited to customize a plan based on its strengths and opportunities. State chapters are encouraged to include wildlife agency partners and NWTF staff in discussions to identify plan priorities, then measurable goals and steps for action.
Illinois already has identified forest habitat loss as one of its priorities. Volunteers determined the need to double their current habitat work in key areas to stop the decline. They worked with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to choose critical forest habitats, impacting 2,000 acres at a cost of $800,000 each year.
The Illinois State Chapter is committed to growing and leveraging an NWTF Super Fund investment of $100,000 per year, with individuals, corporations, foundations and agency partners providing the matching dollars to fund the work.
Its an example of how Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. is an initiative based on partnership. And each acre, each hunter is one step closer to success.