EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The Oklahoma State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation selected Hunting Heritage Super Fund proposals for 2018 totaling $102,823.
The Oklahoma board of directors for the state chapter approved funding for numerous projects that will control invasive plant species, maintain productive wildlife openings, create healthier forests and waterways and help to preserve our hunting heritage. The board also secured more than $1 million in matching funds for approved projects.
“The Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is supported by our state boards and chapter members,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Hunting Heritage Super Fund money is critical to implementing the initiative, and investing in focal landscapes and hunter recruitment.”
The board of directors dedicated $39,633 in funding to Save the Habitat across Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Black Kettle, Cherokee, Deep Fork, Heyburn, Beaver River, Homer Johnson, Oologah, Packsaddle and Pushmataha wildlife management areas, as well as Ouachita National Forest.
The board also dedicated Save the Hunt funding totaling $53,190 to support projects to preserve our hunting heritage through scholarships, support of NWTF's JAKES, Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen programs, Oklahoma Forestry Services' Youth Forestry Camp, National Archery in the School Program, Scholastic Shooting Sports Program and much more.
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.