North Carolina NWTF reaches nearly $400K in support for NCWRC


EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation’s North Carolina State Chapter recently celebrated its support of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the work happening to improve wildlife habitat, recruit hunters and open lands for hunter access.

Over the past two years, the state chapter has committed more than $395,000 to the commission for work benefitting wildlife, hunters and communities.

“North Carolina NWTF has had a long and successful partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission,” said Chris Coxen, NWTF district biologist for the state. “In recent years, we have deepened this already great partnership through the fundraising support of our members and chapters. Our relationships with Commission staff have allowed us to make huge strides toward our state goals under the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, the three legs of which fit-hand-in-glove with the Commission’s own mission in North Carolina: create more hunter access, improve wildlife habitat and recruit new hunters. We are also deeply invested in supporting wild turkey research to help us gain more knowledge of wild turkeys.”

Most recently, the NWTF has supported these initiatives:

  • North Carolina State University doctoral research project on wild turkeys that will begin in 2020
    • $58,880.50 committed by the NWTF national budget
    • $58,880.50 committed by the North Carolina NWTF State Chapter
  • NCWRC Gobbling Chronology research project
    • $ 51,429.12 contributed by North Carolina NWTF State Chapter over four years
  • Alcoa game land acquisition, which opens access to 2,463 acres, including 45 miles of riverfront on the Yadkin and South Yadkin rivers
    • $100,000 contributed by the North Carolina NWTF State Chapter, the first conservation organization to commit funding toward this project

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit

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