The Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Michigan DNR and Michigan Army National Guard at Camp Grayling all collaborated with the NWTF to increase soft-mast producing trees on the Camp Grayling training facility.
While the NWTF and many organizations are working to increase access to the country’s public lands, there is an increasingly more incendiary problem keeping Americans from gaining entry to their natural treasures.
The Symposium brings together wild turkey experts from all arenas, including state, federal and private wild turkey researchers, land managers, wild turkey enthusiasts and, of course, experts from the NWTF to exchange ideas relative to ensuring the sustainability of the wild turkey resource for future generations.
The NWTF Technical Committee is comprised of wild turkey biologists from nearly every state natural resource agency who act as liaisons between the NWTF and state natural resources agencies to effectively manage wild turkey populations and deliver conservation that benefits turkeys in a particular state.
Operating as a federation, the NWTF employs biologists, foresters and fundraising staff, and invests in research and habitat enhancement projects at a regional level, tackling the most pressing issues a particular state or region may face.
Sweat equity, partnering with equally determined organizations, raising crucial funds, engaging volunteers, revitalizing wild turkey and overall wildlife habitat on a landscape level — these are the pillars of success evident in the ongoing floodplain restoration project in Vermont’s Otter Creek Wildlife Management Area.
To inhabit one of the northern-most habitats in the lower 48 and to still be thriving, wild turkeys in Maine must be cold-hardy birds, and indeed they are, but there are other factors at play that allow these rugged wild turkeys to thrive.
Thousands of public and private land managers employ fire annually to improve habitat. Fire can help promote new growth of herbaceous plants. It can also be used to kill undesirable saplings or other unwanted vegetation.
To improve wildlife populations and overall wildlife habitat in the Ashland Ranger District, the NWTF partnered with the USDA Forest Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to reinvigorate a parcel of upland wildlife habitat through a Forest Service-led multiyear project.
When thinking about ways to further conservation efforts, people likely attribute habitat enhancement projects or land acquisitions as key elements, and rightly so. However, significant funding for habitat enhancement projects comes directly from the hunting licenses purchased by outdoorsmen and women each year.
Landowners who manage their property for hunting and wildlife are always looking for ways to improve habitat and increase hunting opportunities. Planting food plots to create cover and high-protein sources of forage has created a booming industry to provide seed, fertilizer and herbicides to hunters and landowners.
The U.S. Senate recently passed the Great American Outdoors Act, with broad bipartisan support. The act will provide permanent full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which conserves critical lands and helps to create access to public lands.
The NWTF has actively been working with members of Congress to advance key federal conservation funding bills for land protection and access, wetland restoration, and conservation and management of wildlife.
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.
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.
Access to your favorite hunting spot can be as valuable as the gold in Fort Knox. The trails, whether they are large enough for your 4x4 or simple walking trails, have a great importance for the overall usability and value of your property.
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.
The NWTF partnered with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Cherokee National Forest to create habitat openings for wildlife across 1,249 acres in the Tellico and Ocoee districts of the Cherokee National Forest. The NWTF provided tractor implements to achieve these openings.
Friday at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show’s Conservation Conference, various state wildlife agencies and universities presented details of conservation projects with the NWTF. The presentations were part of the conference’s Wild Turkey Research seminar.
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.
We worked closely with other conservation and forestry organizations to build strong recommendations to ensure that the 2018 Farm Bill contains strong conservation and forestry titles that benefit farmers, forest landowners and the outdoor community.
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 work, performed in the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, involved treating 50 acres with herbicide to control advancement by unwanted hardwoods and woody plants in 2017 and the reintroduction of prescribed fire in 2018 on 190 acres.
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 North Dakota Game and Fish’s open access program receives an annual donation of $10,000 from the NWTF North Dakota State Chapter to help secure additional privately controlled acreage for public use, and 2018 was no different.
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.
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.