Though the restoration of the wild turkey is one of America's greatest success stories, the NWTF's work is far from over.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is dedicated to the
conservation of the wild turkey
and the preservation of our hunting heritage.
Since its inception in 1973, the NWTF has provided the foundation for wild turkey conservation throughout North America. From the first research project funded in the 1970s, to the multimillion-acre restoration initiatives going on today and everywhere in between, conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage has always been — and always will be — the backbone of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
In 2012, we embarked on our 10-year Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative, which has conserved or enhanced over 4 million acres, recruited over 1.5 million new hunters and has opened public access to hunting on over 600,000 acres. Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, partners and staff, all of these Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative goals were met and exceeded two years ahead of schedule.
As we finalize and celebrate our tremendous Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative, we have to keep our foot on the gas and continue to deliver the right conservation at the right place, at the right scale and with the right partners. With over a decade of conservation success through our Big Six Regions of Wildlife Conservation, we are in a unique position with our partners, volunteers and the public at large to greatly amplify our past successes. However, this will take continued collaboration, innovation and dedication.
Just like the wild turkey in today’s age, we are facing new conservation challenges in a dynamic landscape. As we approach our 50-year anniversary, we are expanding our efforts by honing in on four shared values, which have been intrinsic in our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt initiative and will remain at the core of delivering conservation to scale into the future.
From the smallest conservation project, to our multimillion-acre landscape-scale initiatives, our Four Shared Values are evident in all we do and have allowed the NWTF, our partners and volunteers to increase the breadth of our mission and ultimately make an impact on a landscape scale, empowering our organization to conserve the wild turkey and our hunting heritage into perpetuity.
Stemming from and pointing back to the wild turkey, our Four Shared Values are all interconnected:
Accomplishing conservation delivery on a scale necessary to turn the tide of diminishing wild turkey populations, growing dangers of catastrophic wildfire, flood events and other threats to our nation’s vital watersheds, forests, grasslands and communities is accomplished through partnerships and honing in on our Four Shared Values. The NWTF created or joined national and regional initiatives and landscape-scale projects to slow the loss of habitat and improve habitat diversity, forest health, pine management, water quality, winter wildlife survival, healthy hardwood forests and riparian areas and to restore oak woodlands, savannas and prairies.
These initiatives and projects are comprised of diverse stakeholders and channel efforts to increase pace, scale and efficacy of our combined conservation efforts across public and private lands. In the spirit of the USDA’s Shared Stewardship Strategy, calling all hands and all lands into the effort, these large-scale, multi-stakeholder, cross-boundary initiatives are the future of conservation delivery, and the NWTF is at the forefront in forging innovative partnerships and contributing where other partners are leading the way to better serve our nation’s vital water resources, forests, wildlife habitat, communities and recreational opportunities.