Message From Our President
From the President’s Desk
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NWTF Conservation Efforts in the Panhandle
2004 through early 2012
Here are a few highlights of how the National Wild Turkey Federation has been working to improve habitat and hunting for wild turkeys, deer, quail, and other wildlife in the Panhandle on public and private lands…
Canadian River Riparian Restoration - NWTF secured a USDA grant to make $500,000 per year from 2009-2013 available to landowners along the Canadian River in Hutchinson, Roberts, and Hemphill Counties to remove invasive species like salt cedar, Russian olive, and Eastern red cedar. In addition to USDA payments, landowners can qualify for additional incentive payments through grants from Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, ConocoPhillips, and Texas State Chapter of NWTF ($25,000 in Texas Super Fund money).
TPWD Wildlife Management Areas - Including monies being spent this year on upland (quail) and riparian (wild turkeys and deer) habitat projects, there has been a total of $38,553 in Texas Super Fund money spent on habitat development at the Gene Howe WMA in Hemphill County and the Matador WMA in Cottle County, including spring and wetland enhancement to benefit waterfowl.
Energy for Wildlife Program - NWTF teamed up with Xcel Energy, Xcel Energy Foundation, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to do a special upland project benefitting pheasant/waterfowl habitat and hunting at the Dimmitt Unit of the Playa Lakes WMA west of Dimmitt in Castro County. Xcel Energy Foundation provided a $4,000 grant matched by NWTF staff time of $1,000 and $10,000 in TPWD stamp funds to improve pheasant brood habitat, add a new perimeter fence around the unit, and signage. An NWTF Upland Field Day was held for landowners with state and federal partners in June 2011.
Stay tuned for more projects in the works now for Panhandle locations!