In attendance were Lynn Worwood, NWTF Utah State Chapter president; Rick Brittain, NWTF regional director; Chuck Carpenter, NWTF district biologist; and four members of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, including Director Jay Shirley.
"I became a member of the NWTF because of its efforts in involving youth, women, and those with mobility challenges in hunting and shooting activities,” Worwood said. “Attending the capital to accept this citation pushed me beyond my usual comfort zone, but I felt truly honored to receive it on behalf of the NWTF.”
The citation, in part, reads:
“WHEREAS, since 1985, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested more than half a billion dollars to conserve or enhance more than 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat, forests and grasslands across public and private lands. The organization is the largest and longest-serving nongovernmental stewardship partner of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, conserving habitat on National Forest System Lands for more than 40 years and engaging in the development and implementation of the USDA Wildfire Crisis Strategy;
WHEREAS, on the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild Turkey Federation, we salute the organization, its chapters, and members from across the United States for their efforts to further scientific, state-led wildlife management and the conservation of America’s wild turkey and its habitat;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT KNOWN, on this 9th day of August 2023, the Utah Senate wishes the National Wild Turkey Federation, its members and its chapters the best as they continue to deliver their mission by working across land-ownership boundaries on a landscape scale to increase clean water, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities and robust recreational opportunities across the country.”
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.
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 50-year celebration, 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 the 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.