NWTF Indiana Pledges $103,500 to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. in 2014
INDIANA — National Wild Turkey Federation chapters in Indiana budgeted more than $103,500 to further the new Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative within the state in 2014.
The NWTF’s Indiana State Chapter board of directors reviewed and allocated funding. Valuable partners will provide $2,347,750 in match funding.
“The Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is supported by our state boards and chapter members,” said Becky Humphries, executive vice president of conservation. “Hunting Heritage Super Fund money is critical to implementing the initiative, and investing in focal landscapes and hunter recruitment.”
The NWTF's Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million new hunters and open access to 500,000 new acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The board of directors dedicated nearly $41,000 in NWTF funding to proposed Hunting Heritage projects that focus specifically on saving habitat; and $46,750 will support projects to provide access for hunting.
These projects will save 1,818 acres of vital habitat in Indiana. Funding includes:
$5,000 to hire a contractor to create young forest with heavy equipment on the Pigeon River Fish & Wildlife Area.
$1,400 to purchase prescribed burning equipment on the Tippecanoe State Park.
The following projects acquire 696.6 acres of public lands for wildlife habitat and hunting access. These will be purchased in conjunction with other conservation organizations, IDNR Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Indiana Heritage Trust, Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, and Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust. Funding includes:
$10,000 for the 220 acre Howser Tract addition to the Clark State Forest in Scott County.
$4,000 for the 20 acre Rhodes Tract addition to the Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area in Kosciusko County.
In addition to these habitat and hunting access projects, the NWTF-IN state board has contributed $15,800 towards creating a mentored hunt program in the state. NWTF volunteers will train new hunters on the methods and techniques to become safe, ethical, and successful sportsmen and women. These new hunters will carry on sporting traditions for generations to come.
Funding for these projects comes from the NWTF Hunting Heritage banquet proceeds as well as from the Indiana NWTF License Plate Program. By attending our local banquets and purchasing the NWTF license plate you are providing quality places to hunt in Indiana for future generations.
Won’t you help us in Indiana? Join the NWTF at www.nwtf.org or call 800 THE-NWTF.
For more information on the NWTF license plate visit: https://secure.in.gov/bmv/2812.htm
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