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03/14/2011

NWTF Wyoming to Invest $70,000 in Conservation, Outreach in 2011

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WYOMING — The National Wild Turkey Federation's Wyoming State Chapter budgeted $70,000 from the state's Hunting Heritage Super Fund to invest in outreach, education, conservation, increased public land access and other projects within Wyoming in 2011.

The NWTF Super Fund is administered jointly by the NWTF, its state and provincial chapters and wildlife agencies, and supports conservation and education programs. Since 1985, NWTF chapters in Wyoming have raised and spent more than $720,781 on wildlife habitat enhancements, land purchases, education, outreach and more within the state. NWTF chapters and cooperating partners across North America have raised and spent more than $331 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 16 million acres of wildlife habitat.

"The Wyoming State Chapter is dedicated to improving land access and wildlife habitat, and is backing up their commitment with the funds to make needed changes," said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., the NWTF's chief conservation officer. "By directing dollars to land access and wildlife habitat improvements, and strengthening outreach and education programs, the Wyoming State Chapter is helping enhance habitat for all kinds of wildlife while making a better outdoor experience, not just for hunters – but for everyone."

The funding set aside by the Wyoming State Chapter Super Fund Committee and Board of Directors includes:

  • $28,600 to uphold outdoor traditions through the NWTF's JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship), Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen outreach programs, educational programs, Wild About Turkey Education Boxes, scholarships for youth, 4H Shooting Sports, and the Hunting Heritage Foundation. This allocation includes $5,000 to continue supporting the Wyoming Outdoor Expo.

  • $10,000 to support NWTF Northern Plains Riparian Restoration Initiative (NPRRI) projects in Wyoming
    Project Partners: There are numerous past and present partners involved with the NPRRI in Wyoming, including Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WYGFD), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service, National Park Service, several conservation districts and private landowners

  • $10,000 to support the NWTF's Regional Biologist Program. The NWTF regional biologist works with state and local officials to improve wildlife habitat, promote North America's hunting heritage and provide outreach opportunities.
    Project Partners: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks, North Dakota Game & Fish Department, North Dakota NWTF State Chapter, South Dakota NWTF State Chapter and the Bureau of Land Management Dakotas/Montana Office.

  • $7,500 to the Access Yes! Program, which is administered by WYGFD. This funding will provide an additional 31,500 acres of private lands leased for public access in the state.
    Project Partners: WYGFD, Mule Deer Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife – Converse County, Safari Club International, Cheyenne Field Archers, Bow Hunters of Wyoming

  • $5,000 to the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming to support their efforts to establish a permanent home for the Wyoming Outdoors Hall of Fame in Cody, Wyo. Funding will be used to establish a display in the Draper Museum of Natural History in Cody, Wyo.
    Project Partners: Wildlife Heritage Foundation of Wyoming

  • $1,850 to fund food plots to assist private landowners wintering wild turkeys
    Project Partners: Private landowners, Natural Resources Conservation Service, local NWTF chapters, others

  • $1,500 to a local group working to purchase and erect a shooting facility for 4H Shooting Sports programs on the Niobrara County Fairgrounds
    Potential Project Partners: Friends of the NRA, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wyoming Game and Fish Commission

  • $1,250 to the Wyoming State Forestry Division for their ongoing efforts to reseed areas following logging operations on state-owned lands near Newcastle, Wyo. Funding will be used to purchase planting equipment for ATVs to be housed be the Wyoming State Forestry.
    Project Partners: Wyoming State Forestry Division

  • $1,000 to the BLM's Cody Field Office to purchase and plant native shrubs on BLM lands along the Bighorn River following invasive removal
    Project Partners: BLM

  • $500 to purchase habitat signs to be placed on NWTF-funded habitat project sites in Wyoming to tell others about the great work of NWTF volunteers in Wyoming

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