NWTF joins conservation partners to share policy recommendations through Wildlife for the 21 st Century: Volume VI

7/15/2020

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation joins 50 of the country’s largest conservation and hunting organizations to make policy recommendations to the next presidential administration and the next two Congresses through Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume VI.

As part of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners, the NWTF helped develop the current version of Wildlife for the 21st Century to provide guidance on wildlife conservation and management and has presented their recommendations for every presidential administration since 2000.

“Wildlife for the 21st Century provides a comprehensive guide to wildlife and natural resource conservation for incoming policymakers and is backed by scientific research and experience of the AWCP’s numerous partners,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “New terms in Congress and the White House administrations are ideal opportunities to educate policymakers on the vast number of issues facing natural resource management, and providing actions that are backed by science makes decision making easier for them.”

Below are the 10 primary issues featured in the guide. The full document with detailed descriptions, action items, and appropriate governmental bodies to implement the solutions is available for download at nwtf.org.

• Recommendation 1: Funding for Conservation – Secure permanent and dedicated conservation funding from public and private sources.
• Recommendation 2: Federal Land Access – Enhance access for hunters and outdoor recreationists.
• Recommendation 3: Big Game Migrations – Require collaboration on big game migration corridors and habitats.
• Recommendation 4: Energy Development – Integrate industry, state, and federal wildlife goals early in energy planning.
• Recommendation 5: Private Land Conservation – Incentivize private landowners to conserve wildlife and habitat and provide access for hunting.
• Recommendation 6: Active Management of Federal Lands – Increase active management of federal land habitats and reduce litigation through collaboration.
• Recommendation 7: Species Conservation – Achieve greater results from an improved ESA program.
• Recommendation 8: Big Game Diseases – Support and assist states in addressing Chronic Wasting Disease and wild sheep pneumonia.
• Recommendation 9: Climate Change – Focus climate policy on habitat conservation and restoration.
• Recommendation 10: Hunting Heritage and the Future – Require collaboration for wildlife conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting on federal lands.

AWCP represents the interests of America’s millions of dedicated hunter conservationists, professional wildlife and natural resource managers, outdoor recreation users, conservation educators, and wildlife scientists. Adoption of the AWCP recommendations found in Wildlife for the 21st Century: Volume VI will improve federal agencies’ stewardship of our nation’s fish, wildlife, and habitats and enhance access to federal lands and waters for outdoor and wildlife-associated recreation, which contribute significantly to the quality of life and economic well-being of our citizens and future generations.

“State and federal agencies must work cooperatively to meet the needs of our wildlife and our communities – this is not a nicety, it’s a necessity,” wrote AWCP chairs the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Blake Henning (2020 chair) and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Jennifer Mock Schaeffer (2019 chair) in the introduction to the report. “These recommendations represent a general agreement of the partners; we urge your consideration and adoption of these recommendations and look forward to working with you to create or reaffirm these federal administrative policies.”

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. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or 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 NWTF.org.