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Wyoming Governor Honors National Wild Turkey Federation’s 50th Anniversary

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon honored the National Wild Turkey Federation and celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a proclamation at the state capitol building in Cheyenne on July 17.

Hannah McKinney July 21, 20232 min read

“We are grateful for this recognition,” said Joan Eisemann, NWTF Wyoming State Chapter president. “It wouldn’t be possible without all the dedicated chapter volunteers who have helped us grow and continue with our mission.”

The proclamation, in part, reads:

“…WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation is the largest and longest-serving nongovernmental stewardship partner of the USDA Forest Service, conserving habitat on National Forest System Lands for more than 40 years and heavily engaged in the development and implementation of the USDA’s Wildfire Crisis Strategy,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK GORDON, Governor of the State of Wyoming, herby recognize and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild Turkey Federation and salute the organization, its chapters, and members from across the United States for their tremendous efforts to further scientific state-led wildlife management and the conservation of America’s wild turkey and its habitat. We wish the National Wild Turkey Federation, its members, and chapters the best for the future as they continue to deliver their mission by working across land-ownership boundaries on a landscape scale to increase clean and abundant water, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities, and robust recreational opportunities across the country…”

“The Wyoming State Chapter thanks Governor Gordon for acknowledging our 50th Anniversary,” said Marica Polhamus, NWTF National Board of Directors member. “We are grateful for this recognition and proud of our success. The devoted volunteers in Wyoming aspire to grow our hunting heritage and uphold our mission for many more decades.”

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.

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  • Healthy Habitats
  • Healthy Harvests
  • Hunting Heritage