Conservation Efforts Recognized by NWTF and BLM

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The National Wild Turkey Federation and the Bureau of Land Management presented a Making Tracks with the BLM Habitat Management Award to Lino Baca, of Socorro, New Mexico, for achievement with the Celbolla Canyon Mechanical Thinning Project, an ongoing project for the last 15 years that is southeast of Grants, New Mexico.

Baca accepted the Making Tracks Award during the 44th annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show.

The Celbolla Canyon Mechanical Thinning Project has improved overall woodland health, wildlife habitat, watershed capabilities and has established a receptive fuel bed that increases the effectiveness of prescribed fire efforts to meet restoration objectives.

Baca has been a key figure in keeping this Celbolla Canyon Project going, from the grand planning of each individual project to securing funds and partners.

“A variety of wildlife depend on viable habitat across our public lands,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We thank our partners at the BLM for the incredible work they are doing to help us Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”

About the National Wild Turkey FederationWhen the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit