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02/12/2013

New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming Biologists Receive National Awards

For photo and interview requests, contact John Brasier at (803) 637-7667 or jbrasier@nwtf.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Five individuals and critical projects in New Mexico, Montana and Wyoming were recognized as part of the Making Tracks With The Bureau of Land Management Awards Feb. 14 during the 37th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show.

The awards recognize people and projects that best incorporate conservation education, partnerships and wild turkey management.

The Habitat Management Program category recognizes program accomplishments that benefit wild turkeys over several years.

  • BLM Wildlife Biologist Johnny Chopp from the Carlsbad Field Office in New Mexico earned the Individual Habitat Management Project Award for his work on the Delaware River Restoration and Enhancement program. He has established new monitoring efforts and expanded the riparian vegetation program throughout the river corridor.
  • Dan Brunkhorst and Josh Barta from the BLM Lewistown Field Office in Montana earned the Group Habitat Management Project Award for their work on the Tin Can Hills Unit B Prescribed Fire project. Agency and local landowner partnerships were created, public awareness was expanded and more than 7,000 acres of habitat were improved for wild turkeys and other species.
  • The Partnership Achievement category recognizes accomplishments in strengthening and expanding the partnership between the BLM and the NWTF.
  • BLM employees Tracy Pinter, Nate West, and Bob Means from the Newcastle Field Office in Wyoming, earned the Group Partnership Achievement Award for their work on the Mallo Camp Forest and Habitat Management Restoration project. Their efforts restored healthy aspen and Ponderosa Pine timber stands and improved habitat for wild turkeys, whitetail deer, migratory bird and many small mammal species.

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 $412 million to conserve 17.3 million acres of critical habitat for all types of wildlife.

For more information about the NWTF, call (800) THE-NWTF or visit nwtf.org.

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