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Policy and Advocacy

Delaware Governor Honors NWTF’s 50-Year Conservation Legacy

As we reach the end of 2023 and the National Wild Turkey Federations’ 50th Anniversary, many states are still showing their support for the NWTF and its mission. Recently, Delaware Governor John Carney recognized the NWTF with a proclamation honoring five decades of mission work dedicated to the conservation of wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage.

December 6, 20232 min read

“Upon learning of the initiative to gather proclamations from numerous states for the NWTF’s 50th anniversary, I recognized my potential to contribute in Delaware,” said Bill D’Alonzo, member of the NWTF National Board of Directors. “In our small state, where ‘everyone knows everyone’, close collaboration is in our state DNA, and it’s no different in respect to various land conservation and wildlife habitat matters, side by side with common goals.”

 The resolution, in part, reads:

“WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation has worked with government and community partners to promote the conservation of the wild turkey, and participated in one of the greatest conservation success stories—bringing the wild turkey back from extinction; and

WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation and its million of members have been at the vanguard of reversing the declining hunting participation through nationwide in hunter recruitment, retention, and reactivation efforts and partnering with states to engage people from all walks of life in outdoor tradition; and

WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation and its members have invested more than half a billion dollars to conserve or enhance more than 22 million acres of critical habitat, forests and grasslands across both public and private lands since 1985; and

WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested more than eight-and-a-half million dollars in research throughout North America to ensure healthy wild turkey populations into the future…”

The NWTF policy team and its volunteer leadership are working with state legislatures across the country to pass similar measures this year that enshrine the NWTF’s legacy and mission delivery into state law.

Learn more about the NWTF’s policy and advocacy work.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested over half a billion dollars into wildlife conservation and has conserved or enhanced over 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The organization continues to drive wildlife conservation, forest resiliency and robust recreational opportunities throughout the U.S. by working across boundaries on a landscape scale.

2023 is the NWTF's 50th Anniversary and an opportunity to propel the organization's mission into the future while honoring its rich history. For its 50th Anniversary, the NWTF has set six ambitious goals: positively impact 1 million acres of wildlife habitat; raise $500,000 for wild turkey research; increase membership to 250,000 members; dedicate $1 million to education and outreach programs; raise $5 million to invest in technology and NWTF's people; and raise $5 million to build toward a $50 million endowment for the future. Learn how you can help us reach these lofty goals.

Filed Under:
  • Healthy Habitats
  • Healthy Harvests
  • Hunting Heritage