NWTF Puts $143,000 Toward Conservation, Outreach in June

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NWTF Puts $143,000 Toward Conservation, Outreach in June

7/6/09

EDGEFIELD, SOUTH CAROLINA - The National Wild Turkey Federation distributed more than $143,000 in June 2009 as it continues to advance its mission of benefiting wildlife conservation and protecting hunting traditions. The monies are distributed to states and programs through the NWTF Hunting Heritage Super Fund.

The Hunting Heritage Super Fund supports the NWTF's multitude of conservation and education programs with money raised from NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquets, donated by corporate sponsors and given to support wildlife conservation.

The NWTF is a national nonprofit conservation organization that was founded in 1973 and has worked with wildlife agencies to restore wild turkey populations from 1.3 million wild turkeys in 1973 to nearly seven million today. Now, NWTF volunteers raise funds and work daily to improve critical wildlife habitat, increase access to public hunting land and introduce new people to the outdoors and hunting.

To date, the NWTF and its partners have spent more than $286 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat. Some of the Federation's Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects include improving wildlife habitat, supporting hunter education and providing opportunities for women, youth and people with disabilities to experience outdoor fun through outreach programs.

June's Hunting Heritage Super Fund spending totaled more than $143,371 and included:


•Youth Education: Spent $33,146 to fund scholarships and educational projects, introduce youth to shooting sports, provide education boxes and conduct 4-H workshops.

•Habitat Enhancement: Spent $30,589 to improve wildlife habitat by creating more wild turkey nesting areas, planting trees and completing water development projects.

•JAKES: Spent $23,260 to introduce youth to outdoor activities, conservation and hunting through the JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) program.

•Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF/Women's Programs: Spent $11,400 to provide opportunities for women and people with disabilities to participate in outdoor activities and learn about wildlife conservation through Wheelin' Sportsmen and Women in the Outdoors outreach events across North America.

•Land Purchases: Spent $9,450 to purchase land or conservation easements to conserve wildlife habitat and provide additional hunting areas.

•Hunter Safety: Spent $3,217 to support hunter safety classes and initiatives, purchase hunter safety materials and equipment.

•Other: Spent $32,308 to complete wild turkey management plans, protect and promote hunting traditions, purchase equipment for future habitat projects, provide educational opportunities, purchase staff equipment and fund organizational dues, etc.

In addition to helping fund projects like these, NWTF Hunting Heritage Super Fund banquets combine fun, fellowship and dedication to the wild turkey. They're a great place to meet friends who are passionate about the outdoors, win valuable prizes and buy items unique to the NWTF. Place the highest bid and you could go home with sporting art, hunting guns, knives, calls, outdoor equipment and more.

A photo slideshow is available with this press release at Press Releases

To find a NWTF Hunting Heritage Super Fund Banquet in your area, visit NWTF Banquets: National Wild Turkey Federation.

For more information about the NWTF or specific information on these projects, contact Brian Purtymun at (803) 637-7667 or visit www.nwtf.org.

About the NWTF: The National Wild Turkey Federation is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions.

When the NWTF was founded in 1973, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America, thanks to the efforts of state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members and partners.

Growth and progress define the NWTF as it has expanded from 1,300 members in 1973 to more than 400,000 today. With that growth has come impressive strides in wildlife management as the NWTF has forged dynamic partnerships across the country to further its conservation mission. Together, the NWTF's partners, sponsors and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $286 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 14 million acres of wildlife habitat.

While wild turkey restoration is nearing completion, the NWTF still has much work to do. Across North America, supporters are working to enhance habitat for wild turkeys and other wildlife while providing hunters with more opportunities and access to public and private land. In addition, NWTF volunteers and partners are introducing youth, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors through special educational events.

The NWTF's national headquarters, located in Edgefield, S.C., features the Wild Turkey Center and Winchester Museum and 100-acre Outdoor Education Center.

If you would like to become a member of Team NWTF, join a committee or start a chapter, please visit our Web site at www.nwtf.org or call us at 800-THE-NWTF.

Contact:
Brian Purtymun (803) 637-7667
 

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