NWTF Super Fund Dollars Drive Conservation Success
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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation distributed more than $194,000 in February toward wildlife conservation and protecting hunting traditions. The monies are distributed to states and programs through the NWTF Hunting Heritage Super Fund.
The Hunting Heritage Super Fund supports the NWTF's multitude of conservation and education programs with money raised from NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquets, donated by corporate sponsors and given to benefit wildlife conservation. The NWTF's goal is to increase Super Fund spending by 10 percent in fiscal 2009.
The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973 and has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million wild turkeys in 1973 to nearly seven million today. Now, NWTF volunteers raise funds and work daily to improve critical wildlife habitat, increase access to public hunting land and introduce new people to the outdoors and hunting.
To date, the NWTF and its partners have spent more than $286 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat. Some of the Federation's Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects include improving wildlife habitat, supporting hunter education and providing opportunities for women, youth and people with disabilities to experience outdoor fun through outreach programs.
February's Hunting Heritage Super Fund spending totaled $194,038 and included:
- Youth Education: Spent $51,884 to fund scholarships and educational projects, provide education boxes and conduct 4-H workshops.
- Habitat Enhancement: Spent $53,110 to improve wildlife habitat by creating more wild turkey nesting areas, planting trees and completing water development projects.
- Volunteer/Professional Education: Spent $16,387 to train volunteers and staff to better serve the NWTF's mission of conserving wildlife and protecting our hunting traditions.
- Research: Spent $10,000 to purchase equipment and other materials necessary for conducting wild turkey research.
- JAKES: Spent $12,555 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting.
- Land Purchases: Spent $5,000 to purchase land or conservation easements to conserve wildlife habitat and provide additional hunting areas.
- Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF/Women's Programs: Spent $4,250 to provide opportunities for women and people with disabilities to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation through Wheelin' Sportsmen and Women in the Outdoors outreach events across North America.
- Hunter Safety: Spent $2,575 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives, purchase hunter safety materials and equipment.
- Other: Spent $38,275 to complete wild turkey management plans, protect and promote hunting traditions, purchase equipment for future habitat projects, provide educational opportunities, purchase staff equipment and fund organizational dues, etc.
In addition to helping fund projects like these, NWTF Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquets combine fun, fellowship and dedication to the wild turkey. They're a great place to meet friends who are passionate about the outdoors, win valuable prizes and buy items unique to the NWTF. Place the highest bid and you could go home with sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, outdoor equipment and more.
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