NWTF’s State Chapters Busy Making More Places to Hunt
Courtesy of National Wild Turkey Federation
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Through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the North Carolina state chapter of the NWTF donated $50,000 to help purchase nearly 80,000 acres of land from International Paper, of which about 67,000 will be transferred to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for public hunting in 2006.
"It's been great to work with The Nature Conservancy on this project," said Carl Dixon, NWTF North Carolina state chapter president at the time. "Because of their efforts, and the efforts of the North Carolina chapter, more people will have opportunities to hunt in the state."
Public hunting access in the eastern part of North Carolina has been a problem in the past, Dixon said, but with this land acquisition, hunters will now have plenty of public hunting land.
"The Wildlife Resources Commission is really pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this major project with such great partners," said Dick Hamilton, former executive director of the NCWRC. "This donation will provide valuable lands for public hunting and wildlife management to improve wildlife resources in the state."
There are currently more than 400,000 licensed hunters in North Carolina, and the purchase will add about 4 percent to available public hunting land in the state. North Carolina currently has 2 million acres of state and federal land open to public hunting.
"We couldn't be more pleased to work with the National Wild Turkey Federation on this project," said Katherine Skinner, executive director of The Nature Conservancy's North Carolina chapter. "The support of sportsmen is integral to the success of this kind of large-scale project, and that is because sportsmen are conservationists: the Federation and the Conservancy share the goal of conserving wildlife habitat."