The Board of Directors budgeted $119,223 for conservation projects and $76,200 for Hunting Heritage-related projects, including outreach-education events, chapter scholarships, 4H Shooting Sports support and mentored hunts.
NWTF awarded funding will be matched with almost $500,000 in partner funds for the approved projects, representing a 5:1 match rate for NWTF funding.
“We’ve got great partners and great volunteers here in Missouri that annually keep us at the top of the leader board in dollars raised and mission delivery,” said John Burk, NWTF district biologist for Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. “The turkey decline is real, and these new allocations are examples of effective measures being put in place to address the problem.”
Conservation Funding = $119,223
Projects awarded funding for 2023 occur in the Ozark, MO/IA Oaks and SEMO Focal Landscapes. Project awards include:
Partners include Pheasants and Quail Forever, Mid Missouri Prescribed Burn Association, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Mark Twain Lake Forest Council, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NWTF Iowa State Chapter, NWTF Illinois State Chapter, Gasconade and Miller Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Missouri Department of Conservation and the USDA Forest Service, among others.
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. Today, the NWTF is investing heavily in wild turkey research to ensure the future of wild turkey populations and is working to secure Healthy Habitats and Healthy Harvests.