Pennsylvania NWTF Hunting Heritage State Super Fund Projects

Numbers updated in May of 2012

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Administered jointly by the NWTF, its state chapters and state wildlife agencies, the Hunting Heritage Super Fund is used for projects that support the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting tradition. Nationally, NWTF chapters and cooperating partners have raised and spent more than $412 million for wild turkey conservation. Since 1985 more than $5,432,538 has been raised and spent by Pennsylvania chapters on projects within the state. A sampling of these projects is provided below.

Habitat Enhancement

Spent $2,823,144 on habitat improvement projects.

  • maintenance and development of brood habitat
  • wildlife openings
  • prescribed fire
  • tree planting
  • riparian restoration
  • water development projects
  • control of invasive plant species
  • support for seed subsidy and conservation seed programs

Habitat enhancement projects have impacted more than 277,595 acres within the state.

  • 15,573 acres of wildlife openings
  • 5 acres of prescribed burning

Purchased equipment for habitat management including:

  • 1 trailer
  • 10 grain drills
  • 3 tractors
  • 5 sprayers
  • 3 cultipackers
  • 4 planters
  • 3 spreaders
  • 4 disk/harrows
  • 2 mowers

Projects were completed on:

  • Allegheny National Forest
  • Archbald Pothole State Park
  • Bald Eagle State Forest
  • Black Moshannon State Park
  • Buchanan State Forest
  • Bunker Hill Public Area
  • Codorus State Park
  • Delaware State Forest
  • Elk State Forest
  • Erie State Forest
  • Forbes State Forest
  • Gallitzin State Forest
  • Gouldsboro State Park
  • Hemlock Hollow Public Recreation Area
  • Hickory Run State Park
  • Hillman State Park
  • Hills Creek State Park
  • Jacobsburg State Park
  • Kettle Creek State Park
  • Lackawana State Forest
  • Laurel Ridge State Park
  • Lehigh Gorge State Park
  • Leonard Harrison State Park
  • Linn Runn State Park
  • Locust Lake State Park
  • Lyman Run State Park
  • Michaux State Forest
  • MK Goddard State Park
  • Moraine State Park
  • Moshannon State Forest
  • Mount Pisgah State Park
  • Nesopeck State Park
  • Poe Valley State Park
  • Prince Gallitzin State Park
  • Raystown Lake Management Area
  • Rocky Ridge State Park
  • Ryerson Station State Park
  • Salt Spring State Park
  • Shenango River Lake
  • Spring Valley Park
  • Sproul State Forest
  • Susquehannock State Forest
  • Susquehanna State Forest
  • Tiadaghton State Forest
  • Tioga State Forest
  • Yellow Creek State Park
  • Weiser State Forest
  • Various State Game Lands


Spent $413,420 on educational programs and literature including scholarships, education boxes, 4-H and teacher workshops.

  • Awarded 391 scholarships.
  • Donated more than 1,258 education boxes to area schools.

Spent $93,772 on educational projects for volunteers and professionals including:

  • Volunteer leadership workshops
  • Wild Turkey Woodlands field days
  • State web sites and newsletters
  • Purchased 90 educational CD-ROMs


Spent $406,655 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting. Sponsored 575 JAKES Conservation Field Days throughout the state.

Hunting Heritage

Spent $229,140 to protect and promote the hunting tradition including contributions to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Turkey Restoration

Spent $15,052 to trap and transfer turkeys within the state. Expenses include the purchase of trapping equipment such as nets, rockets and rocket charges.

Hunter Safety

Spent $263,456 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives within the state. Purchased hunter safety materials and equipment, including interactive shooting systems.

Women's Programs

Spent $113,249 on programs, materials and equipment to introduce women to the outdoors, hunting and conservation. Conducted 269 Women in the Outdoors events throughout the state.


Spent $9,587 to protect wild turkeys and other wildlife through support of state sponsored reward programs, the printing of reward signs and reward payments.


Spent $23,960 on wild turkey management.

  • operation of wild turkey check stations
  • hunter success and satisfaction surveys
  • completion of wild turkey management plans
  • support of law enforcement activities

Purchased equipment to support law enforcement and management activities including:

  • ATV’s
  • weight scales for check stations
  • survey/surveillance cameras
  • gates to limit vehicular access

Land Purchase

Spent $328,150 to purchase 27,628 acres of land or conservation easements to preserve wildlife habitat and provide additional hunting areas.


Spent $95,863 on wild turkey research. Purchased equipment related to research such as radio telemetry equipment.

Wheelin’ Sportsmen

Spent $24,000 to provide opportunities for the disabled to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation. Conducted 39 Wheelin’ Sportsmen events.


Spent $402,593 on other projects including organizational dues, travel expenses to professional meetings, special NWTF projects, and chapter rebates.