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02/10/2012

Florida FWC wins prestigious national NWTF award

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was presented with the 2012 Land Stewardship Award during the 36th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tenn.

The convention, sponsored by MidwayUSA, is taking place in Nashville through Feb. 12.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the commissioners and staff of FWC. It is a reflection of our excellent partnership with the NWTF and the commitment we hold for proper management of wildlife habitat and preservation of our hunting heritage,” said Kathy Barco, chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “We are thankful to be working side by side with the membership and staff of NWTF to build a lasting conservation legacy that will be appreciated and enjoyed by many generations to come.”

The NWTF has given the Land Stewardship Award each year since 1994 to forestry and utility companies and organizations for excellence in land management, partnerships and NWTF project support. The award recognizes those who have done outstanding work to benefit natural resources through land stewardship and partnerships.

The Florida FWC faces the daunting challenge of managing more than 5.8 million acres of public hunting land in a state that expects to double its human population in the next 50 years. The Florida FWC has worked with the NWTF on many projects, including:

  • Establishing a cost-share program in 1994 that has put more than $2.2 million into habitat enhancement across 470 projects throughout the state’s public wildlife management areas and state forests, impacting over a million acres to date
  • Providing approximately $375,000 to support NWTF cooperative positions, including two biologists and one youth hunting program coordinator since 2006. These positions have fostered the generation of another $3 million of cash match and $2.5 million of in-kind match to impact more than 650,000 acres of public and private lands habitat.
  • Providing more than $100,000 of in-kind value through the Florida FWC Private Lands Program in support of NWTF landowner outreach and education, which have reached more than 1,500 landowners representing more than 250,000 acres since 2006

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has helped create a sustainable and healthy future for Florida’s fish, wildlife, water and habitat resources and has forged an incredibly productive relationship with the NWTF,” said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., NWTF chief conservation officer. “Florida FWC’s partnerships with the NWTF have enabled us to improve wildlife habitat throughout the state and help pass along our hunting heritage to the next generation.”

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage. Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, investing more than $372 million to conserve 17 million acres of critical habitat for all types of wildlife.

2012 Convention Sponsors

MidwayUSA — Official Sponsor
Academy Sports + Outdoors, Barronett Blinds, Bass Pro Shops, Benelli, Big Tex Trailers, Bird Dog and Whitetail Whiskey, Browning, Cabela’s, Chevrolet, Federal Premium Ammunition, Marlin Firearms, Mossy Oak, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nationwide, O.F. Mossberg, Remington Arms Company, Inc., Titan UTV, Winchester/Olin Corporation, U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance, Weatherby, Wild Turkey Bourbon

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