Being a conservationist comes in all shapes and sizes — from simply picking up trash in your local park to contributing to national conservation efforts. Conserving wildlife and the wild places we cherish is imperative for future generations and to our hunting heritage. As we embark on a new year, let’s leave the land better than we found it. Here are some ways to level up your conservation contributions this year.
Join a Conservation Organization
Becoming a member of a conservation organization is an easy and excellent way to support conservation efforts. I may be partial, but I’d recommend singing up as an NWTF member. Not only does your annual membership fee support the organization’s mission, but by simply being an NWTF member, you elevate the organization’s collective voice when we fight for conservation and sportsmen’s policy on both federal and state levels.
Moreover, your contribution to the NWTF supports the conservation of the wild turkey and the preservation of our hunting heritage, and it also supports so many of the other benefits of the NWTF’s work. Learn more about the NWTF’s Four Shared Values and how far-reaching the organization’s works is here.
Want to take your role with the NWTF a step further? Once you’re a NWTF member, you can contact a local chapter in your area and get involved as a volunteer and start impacting wildlife and hunting heritage in your area.
There is power in numbers, and every single NWTF member helps amplify the mission that much more. Sign up here.
Contact Your State’s Natural Resource Agency
There is always a need for volunteers when it comes to conservation efforts. Whether it’s helping with wildlife conservation projects or being a mentor on learn-to-hunt events, state wildlife agencies offer great and enriching opportunities for those wanting to be involved in America’s great conservation story. Simply call your state’s headquarters and ask about volunteer opportunities.
Via the Wildlife Restoration Act, hunters and sport shooters contribute immensely to the funding of conservation projects. The excise tax that hunters and sport shooters spend on firearms and ammunition are distributed to states from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are allocated for wildlife conservation projects. And thanks to the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Need Act, a bill supported by the NWTF, these funds provide state assistance in promoting hunting and shooting sports.
Moreover, when you purchase hunting licenses, fishing licenses and conservation stamps from a state agency, you are also contributing to conservation efforts in that state. Even if you’re on the fence about hunting a certain species, purchase the license anyway, the funds will go to a good cause, even if you don’t punch the tag.
Simply put, get outdoors this year; it’s the easiest way to be a conservationist.
A really great way to up your conservation this year is by planting. Whether your planting trees, pollinator habitat or the beloved-by-turkeys chufa, planting for wildlife is a great way to give back and to do your part as a conservationist. Even if you do not have a whole lot of acreage, the simple act of planting a single tree is a great way to do your part.
Rally Your Local Community
Who was it that once said “the journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step?” In much the same way, the greatest conservation efforts start with a single idea. Working together with your community is a great way to benefit conservation in your local area. Whether it’s writing your local lawmakers, picking up trash off the road, introducing folks to the symbiotic relationship between hunting and conservation or planting trees in the park, the power of numbers is significant.
There are many ways to give back and be a conservationist. Let’s look back on 2022 and be proud of what we as Americans accomplished for wildlife conservation.
We’d love to see what you’re doing for conservation, share with us via our social media channels or at PR@nwtf.net.