NWTF’s State Chapters Busy Making More Places to Hunt
Courtesy of National Wild Turkey Federation
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On June 25, 2007, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources and the NWTF’s West Virginia State Chapter christened Little Indian Creek WMA, a 1,036-acre parcel of land purchased with the help of the National Wild Turkey Federation's West Virginia State Chapter. The state chapter contributed $194,000, or half of the total purchase.
The other portion of the project was funded by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources through dollars generated from the sale of state hunting and fishing licenses. The property, which was purchased from the Conservation Fund, was previously owned by Consol Energy, which donated the property to the Conservation Fund.
"About 15 years ago the NWTF's West Virginia state board of directors decided to put a lot of emphasis on improving hunting opportunities in The Mountain State," said Curtis Taylor, WVDNR Chief of Wildlife Resources Section. "Since then, the NWTF's volunteers have helped purchase nearly 1,500 acres throughout the state. They're an exceptional group of sportsmen who are committed to the future of hunting and fishing in West Virginia."
In all, the West Virginia State Chapter has spent more than $285,000 on land acquisitions. Since 1985 nearly $1 million has been raised and spent by West Virginia chapters on projects within the state through the Super Fund and national project fund research dollars.
"The future of conservation is linked to the future of hunting," said Dave Truban, an NWTF West Virginia State Chapter board member. "Our volunteers care about the outdoors. There has to be good, public hunting areas to ensure the future of hunting and conservation."