The NWTF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted controlled burns on the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge, a nearly 39,000-acre unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System that encompasses parts of both Mississippi and Louisiana.
The NWTF contributed to a two-year project to convert 25 existing log decks on the Big Woods Wildlife Management Area and the bordering Big Woods State Forest in Sussex County, Virginia, into a wildlife and pollinator habitat.
The NWTF recently completed a collaborative, multi-year habitat improvement project with the USDA Forest Service on the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest, a nearly 1 million-acre forest in northern Georgia.
As part of the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, the NWTF partnered with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to help restore longleaf pine ecosystems on public land in southeast Georgia.
Through the USDA Forest Service Legacy Program, the NWTF and other conservation organizations contributed towards the purchase and conservation of 4,350 acres of scenic canyon lands in the NWTF’s Black Hills Focal Landscape.
Rowan Mason, TC Energy, and Roy Van Houten, Davey Tree and Wetlands Services, demonstrated the impact of shared stewardship across energy rights of way during one of Energy for Wildlife sessions at the NWTF National Convention and Sport Show, hosted by NWTF Director of Energy Partnerships Steve Barlow.
The NWTF, USDA Forest Service and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation leveraged a total of $67,500 for controlled burning to stimulate a variety of plant species in NWTF’s Northern Rocky Mountain focal landscape.
The NWTF, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Pheasants Forever partnered for a habitat improvement project on private lands along the Touchet River, part of NWTF’s Western Wildlands Focal Region.
The National Wild Turkey Federation provided funds to construct barbed-wire fencing and establish reliable water sources within a 250-acre native-grass tract at the Wilson Wildlife Area in Russell County, Kansas.
The NWTF contributed to the Stowe Land Trust’s purchase of a 750-acre parcel of forest in Stowe, Vermont, preserving the now public land and enabling use by future generations of outdoorsmen and women.
The NWTF, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and The Nature Conservancy have joined forces for a second year, using prescribed fire to enrich longleaf pine forest habitat across public wildlife management areas in North Carolina.
The NWTF, the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and various other wildlife organizations demonstrated shared stewardship in what was a multiyear wildlife habitat restoration in the Missouri River Breaks region of central Montana.
12,500 acres of land are open for public access in the Loess Canyon area of Nebraska, thanks in part to the contributions from the National Wild Turkey Federation and a variety of other partners to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s via the Canyon Access Initiative.
The National Wild Turkey Federation and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are collaborating to improve habitat and hunting quality in the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area.
The National Wild Turkey Federation and the Missouri Department of Conservation teamed up to improve and increase open lands and wild turkey brood habitat at the Truman Reservoir, an area experiencing low hatch rates.
This is an excerpt from the revised report “Introduction to Prescribed Fire in Southern Ecosystems” authored by the USDA Forest Service, Research and Development Southern Research Station in August 2012, revised 2015 and 2018.
NWTF Super Funds in Kansas have been provided to support prescribed burning on both private and public lands to improve many acres of wildlife habitat by controlling undesirable woody species and improving grass and forb species.
Missouri’s New Hunter Recruitment Dove Field Initiative is a cooperative effort between the NWTF, Quail Forever, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, the Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The NWTF collaborated with the USDA Forest Service and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on the Frenchtown Face Project – a project just west of Missoula, Montana, focused on prescribed burning and thinning ground cover in the Lolo National Forest to help wildlife and improve habitat.
Through a Fiscal Year 2019 Oklahoma NWTF Super Fund grant to the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association, equip local prescribed burning associations to enable prescribed burning operations on private lands throughout focal landscapes in in south central, north central and northeastern counties.
Tools and techniques include hand-felling with chainsaws, lopping and scattering, girdling and mechanical piling to remove ponderosa pine and spruce from within and around aspen, birch and bur oak stands in the Sugarloaf project area.
The NWTF’s Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is now focused on maintaining those healthy, sustainable and huntable wild turkey populations for generations to come. An important part of doing that is active habitat management, which includes the use of prescribed burning or prescribed fire.
The NWTF has found a unique way to support their continued R3 efforts in Georgia. Lynn Lewis, NWTF conservation field manager, certified wildlife biologist and a steering committee member of the Georgia R3 Initiative, plans and hosts the annual steering committee meeting.
With budget constraints, sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands has become a challenge. Using partnerships, such as the one with the NWTF, the work is being completed.
John D. Burk, NWTF district biologist for Missouri and Illinois, said the NWTF and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have worked to re-establish open woodland areas at Siloam Springs State Park in Adams and Brown counties and Hidden Springs State Park in Shelby County.
The NWTF’s 42nd annual Convention and Sport Show’s Conservation Conference brought together nongovernmental organizations, government partners, private companies and more interested in helping to preserve our nation’s precious wildlife.
A new exhibit at the Allegany State Park Administration Building Museum commemorates the park’s role in trapping and transferring wild turkeys to other areas within New York and other Northeastern states.
Developing safe fire breaks and creating small openings in timber, planting of shortleaf pine and using controlled burns minimize the long-term effects of devastating wildfires in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest and the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area
Work to improve habitat for a variety of wildlife will now be conducted year-round across Colorado thanks to a unique new public-private partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado State Land Board and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Five-year oak woodland and grassland restoration project to boost populations of Rio Grande wild turkeys, northern bobwhite quail, other grassland birds and white-tailed deer from south-central Oklahoma to southeast Texas
“We can’t do the work that we want to do without state agencies,” explained Ricky. “We’re just a nonprofit so to have a partner like FWC is crucial, it’s critical. We could not even come close to making the impact we do without them.”
At a recent meeting of the NWTF Oklahoma State Chapter’s board of directors, funding was allocated to assist Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in the acquisition of a nearly 1,400-acre property located in Osage County, Oklahoma.
Cooperative efforts near Bison, South Dakota, by the USDA Forest Service and the NWTF are improving habitat for many animals, including ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, Merriam’s wild turkeys, deer and elk.