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10/11/2012

NWTF Oklahoma Approves 2013 Super Fund Proposals

The NWTF Oklahoma State Chapter recently committed $150,503 from its Hunting Heritage Super Fund for habitat improvement, land acquisition, research, outreach and shooting programs and other essential expenses.

The approved investments include more than $70,000 for habitat and equipment, almost $12,000 in outreach and more than $45,000 into the land purchase fund.

The habitat investments include work on nine public hunting areas, seven of which are state Wildlife Management Areas.

Increasing the use of prescribed burn as a land management tool for wildlife is the focus of much of the habitat investment.

Topping those investments is $13,535 for establishment of firebreaks (cleared land strips for ignition of burns) and equipment at Cross Timbers WMA and $7,500 for firebreak enhancement in the Cookson WMA. A grant in the amount of $2,500 dollars was also awarded to the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association to promote educational efforts supporting the use of prescribed burn.

The state chapter will also provide funds for an NWTF regional biologist position and $10,000 to the National Archery in the Schools Program, which introduces youth to archery and the outdoors.

Highlights of Approved Oklahoma FY 2013 Super Fund Proposals

  • $4,000 of $20,500 total cost for prescribed burning of 5,000 acres in the Pushmataha WMA
  • $5,000 of $33,000 total cost to remove invasive woody plants on about 50 acres of prime turkey roosting areas in the Black Kettle WMA
  • $13,535 of $27,070 total cost for fireguard establishment and purchase of equipment in Cross Timbers WMA
  • $5,000 of $10,000 total cost for fireguard renovation in the Packsaddle WMA
  • $7,500 of $13,500 total cost for fireguard enhancement in the Cookson WMA
  • $3,415 of $42,000 total cost for herbicide work, ridge-top openings and pond and road repair in the Spavinaw WMA
  • $3,740 of $30,150 total cost for a prescribed burn of 2,860 acres enabled by purchase of aerial ignition spheres
  • $2,500 of $150,000 total cost to support training and equipment for statewide prescribed burn efforts
  • $2,500 of $25,000 total cost for habitat restoration, invasive plant removal and hunter access improvement on up to 1,765 acres to facilitate JAKES events
  • $1,000 of $2,000 total cost for purchase of prescribed burn equipment for Okmulgee WMA
  • $4,150 of $15,323 total cost for equipment/storage unit for collegiate shooting sports club at Oklahoma State University
  • $1,000 contribution for Oklahoma Forestry Services' Youth & Forestry Camp
  • $10,000 contribution for the National Archery in the Schools Program in Oklahoma

The NWTF has now invested more than $4.25 million to conserve more than 200,000 acres of land in Oklahoma.

Investing in conservation is critical considering 6,000 acres of essential wildlife habitat is lost every day.

For information about the NWTF, call (800) THE-NWTF, visit www.nwtf.org or go to www.facebook.com/theNWTF

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