The National Wild Turkey Federation and the USDA Forest Service demonstrated shared stewardship on the Pleasant Run and Tell City Ranger districts of the Hoosier National Forest in the NWTF’s Hoosier Focal Landscape, located in Mitchell, Indiana.
Out of the project’s total $290,000 cost, the NWTF contributed $42,000. Funds were used for numerable habitat enhancement techniques, including mechanically and chemically treating nonnative invasive species and undesired woody species, maintaining wildlife openings, preparing site for prescribed burning, tilling and seeding native grasses and forbes and installing barrier posts and signs to facilitate hunter access.
These processes helped restore oak and hickory, enhance wildlife openings, create young forest habitats, improve watersheds and reduce soil erosion. The primary goal is to improve nesting and brood-rearing habitat for the Eastern wild turkey, but other species benefitting include northern bobwhite quail, Henslow’s sparrow, cottontail rabbit, white-tailed deer and many others.