(left to right) Annie Farrell, NWTF wildlife biologist;
Katherine Barnett, city of Denton; Dennis Gissell,
Kelly Edmiston and Kevin Mote, TPWD;
Marty Underwood and Rob Jordan, USAC
EDGEFIELD, S.C. — Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. takes on many shapes and forms across the country. In Texas, an NWTF partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has now improved 12 access sites on Lake Ray Roberts Public Hunting Land in 2017 alone.
From debris removal to new pipe fences, gates and gravel, the access sites now allow visitors clear access to Lake Ray Roberts and the public hunting land in the area.
Signs explaining the partner work completed were also installed at the sites.
"These sites were overgrown dumping grounds that hadn’t been touched in many years,” said NWTF Texas Biologist Annie Farrell. “The goal was to fix these sites up for hunters and anglers to have better access and to take pride of ownership in their public hunting lands."
For this project, $79,350 was contributed by USACE and TPWD and the NWTF Texas State Chapter provided $5,000 of Super Fund monies, garnering a 16.5:1 match for those Texas superfund dollars. Now visitors have access to thousands of public acres to hunt and fish.
“We are so proud of this expanded public hunting partnership opportunity with the Corps and Parks and Wildlife,” said President Craig White, Texas NWTF State Chapter. “Improved access with our name on it and a good match for our dollars is right on target with Save the Hunt in Texas,” he added.
The project began in April of this year.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 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.
For more information, contact Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698