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05/10/2011

NWTF Nebraska to Invest $91,000 in State Projects in 2011


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NEBRASKA — The Nebraska State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation committed $91,210 in Nebraska this year to conservation, education, research and other projects.

The largest single commitment made through the state's Hunting Heritage Super Fund is $20,000 to improve waterways on Swanson Reservoir wildlife management area near Trenton, Neb. The chapter also dedicated $13,285 to support safe archery and shooting sports programs for youth.

Other commitments include:

  • $10,000 to restore 160 acres of riparian forest – or forests along rivers and streams – on the Long Pine and/or Holt Creek wildlife management areas in north-central Nebraska

  • $7,500 for the first of three payments of matching funds for a Federal Aid grant to create a cooperative forester position in northwestern Nebraska in partnership with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The forester will work directly with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission field staff to promote the management of ponderosa pine habitat in western Nebraska.

  • $7,500 for the first of a three-year commitment to help purchase 1,100 acres of land that will connect Platte River Basin Environments property with the Cedar Canyon wildlife management area in western Nebraska

  • $5,000 to help purchase a skid steer loader to be used for habitat restoration work including removing invasive species, preparing food plots and conducting prescribed burns in southeastern Nebraska

  • $5,000 to assist with purchasing prescribed burning equipment for habitat restoration on wildlife management areas in southeastern Nebraska

  • $5,000 to help purchase equipment for private lands habitat restoration and management in south-central Nebraska

  • $5,000 in matching funds for congressionally designated statewide habitat restoration programs

  • $5,000 for the first year of a two-year commitment in match funds for a Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant aimed at restoring oak woodlands at Ponca State Park in northeastern Nebraska and Indian Cave State Park in southeastern Nebraska

  • $5,000 for continued support of the NWTF's regional wildlife biologist program

  • $1,675 for the final payment of a three-year commitment of matching funds for a Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant to restore habitat along the Republican River

  • $1,250 to support tree and shrub plantings in the Big Rock Fire Area in northern Nebraska

The NWTF will support many projects that are in partnership with government agencies, conservation groups and landowners. NWTF's Nebraska chapters have raised and spent more than $517,000 on projects in the state since 1985.

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