EDGEFIELD, S.C. — For the third year, the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting NWTF Conservation Week — Sept. 17-22 — to bring awareness and emphasis to its national conservation mission and the critical role hunters play in creating Healthy Habitats and Health Harvests.
“Conservation Week showcases the scope of our year-round mission delivery, which is made possible through our organization’s volunteers, staff and partners,” said NWTF co-CEO Kurt Dyroff. “While the spring season may be over, our work to conserve the wild turkey and preserve our hunting heritage never stops. This is a week all about putting the spotlight on our incredible work and celebrating the people who make our unfaltering mission possible.”
Throughout the NWTF’s 2023 Conservation Week, the organization will highlight its conservation accomplishments, organizational milestones and ongoing initiatives, including:
The NWTF’s new 2023 investments in wild turkey research. These ten projects are addressing some of the biggest challenges wild turkeys face across their range.
The NWTF’s Habitat for the Hatch Initiative. This new ten-year initiative seeks to bolster wild turkey populations across the Southeast by creating 1 million acres of quality nesting and brood-rearing habitat.
The NWTF’s 20-year national master stewardship agreement with the USDA Forest Service. This landmark agreement is allowing the NWTF to collaborate with the agency to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire while increasing wildlife habitat on a landscape-scale.
Education and outreach events, habitat and access projects and all the incredible work made possible through dedicated volunteer efforts.
The NWTF challenges its members, volunteers, staff and partners in the outdoor community to use its 2023 Conservation Week to help promote conservation efforts and educate others on the importance of hunting and conservation.
This can include:
Wildlife Management Area work
Mentored hunts/outdoor events
Any other work that benefits wildlife habitat
These are just a few examples of ways you can get involved. Make sure to hashtag how you participated in NWTF’s 2023 conservation week by using #nwtfconservationweek.
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 50 th anniversary and an opportunity to propel the organization’s mission into the future while honoring its rich history. For its 50 th 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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