NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nathan Curnutt, a fuel specialist with the Roswell Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico, earned a conservation award for his work on projects benefiting wild turkeys.
The National Making Tracks with the BLM Award recognizes people and projects that share goals with the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initative. Curnutt accepted his award at the 40th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official show sponsor.
The BLM and NWTF entered into an agreement for habitat management in 2014, and since then, Curnutt has led the coordination and development of various projects. To date, more than 200 acres in the Pecos District have been thinned of the invasive pinyon-juniper, providing immediate benefits to Merriam’s wild turkeys and countless other wildlife species.
The openings created from thinning have improved brood and nesting habitat for wild turkey and Montezuma quail. Wild turkeys also have a more diverse food supply.
Partners in this project included the NWTF, Upper Hondo Soil and Water Conservation District, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Sul Ross University.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.