For more than four years, the NWTF, along with partner organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge, have worked to increase access to the refuge. During this time, the NWTF has contributed $22,000 and helped open access to more than 437 acres.
In the most recent project, the NWTF helped the Sycamore Land Trust secure an excellent bottomland tract totaling 62 acres. This acreage in the 100-year floodplain comprises 26 acres of cropland and 36 acres of forested wetlands. It also has 2,690 feet on the south side of the Patoka River.
The once privately owned tract has long been recognized as a popular hunting area. Because there is a stand of native bur and pin oaks already on the property, turkeys are already present in the area.
The land was purchased and then donated to the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge plans to replant the cropland with hardwood trees to complement a nearby tract.