The NWTF's Big River Gobblers Adopt a Stretch of Missouri Highway
While all members of the National Wild Turkey Federation have a vested interest in protecting wildlife habitat, the Big River Gobblers, a local NWTF chapter in Cedar Hill, Missouri, is also looking after their own "habitat" through the Adopt-A-Highway program.
"This is an outstanding opportunity to create public awareness and let the community know that the NWTF is serious about all types of habitat work," said Larry Neal, NWTF Missouri Regional Director. "The Big River Gobblers are thinking outside of the box and finding news ways to let people know what turkey hunters are all about."
Through the Adopt-A-Highway program, the Missouri NWTF chapter cleans Highway 30 at least twice a year, and they've adopted the highway for three years. The program gets people involved in their communities and promotes anti-litter clean-ups and highway beautification. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is responsible for maintaining about 385,000 acres of right-of-way. Because of this large task, the MoDOT started the Adopt-A-Highway program in 1987.
"This was one way to get our name out there and let folks know we're working to make an impact on our community," said Rich Christopher, Big River Gobblers chapter president.
For more information about the work NWTF chapters are doing in Missouri, contact Larry Neal at 573-334-8881.