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02/10/2012

NWTF, BLM Honor 10 Individuals for Critical Project Work

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ten individuals and three critical projects were recognized as part of the Making Tracks With The Bureau of Land Management Awards during the 36th 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 John Hansen earned the Individual Habitat Management Project Award for his habitat work on New Mexico'>s Rattlesnake Canyon Landscape, which consists of about 11,000 acres. Improvements to the area include 1,600 acres of fire treatments, including prescribed burns, roller chopping, chemical application, installation of 30 wildlife watering sites, three miles of road closures, four gates and 800 acres of reseeding projects.
  • Chuck Berdan, Ryan Larson, Travis Lipp and Bitsy Stiller, from the BLM South Dakota Field Office, earned the Group Habitat Management Project Award for their work in Fort Meade Recreation Area, near Sturgis, S.D. The group developed a 10-year intensive management plan for the 6,700-acre recreation area, designed to improve forest health, encourage the establishment of hardwoods, remove pine trees encroaching on meadows and maintain stands of Ponderosa pines.

The Partnership Achievement category recognizes accomplishments in strengthening and expanding the partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the NWTF.

  • BLM employees Destin Harrell, Bryan McKenzie and Mike Wengert, along with Jerry Altermatt and Tom Easterly of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, earned the Group Partnership Achievement Award for their continued commitment to invasive species control and habitat improvements in the Yellowtail Habitat Management Unit near Lovell, Wyo. Restoration efforts have restored native species and improved wildlife habitat for wild turkeys, pheasants, partridges, white-tailed deer and other 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 $372 million to conserve 17 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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