NWTF and BLM Recognize Conservation Efforts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Wild Turkey Federation and the Bureau of Land Management presented two Making Tracks with the BLM awards for achievement in habitat management on the Sherwood restoration project just outside of Newcastle, Wyoming.

A representative from the BLM accepted an individual Making Tracks Award for David Morrill and a group award for the Newcastle Field Office during the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show. Mossy Oak is the official convention sponsor.

Morrill and the Newcastle Field Office resource management team are currently working on the Sherwood restoration project, located just northeast of Newcastle. The project consists of thinning 440 acres of ponderosa pines and removing virtually all Rocky Mountain juniper, while also creating small open areas throughout the forest. While forest health was the primary reason for the project, wildlife also will benefit from the restoration efforts. The project should be complete by the end of May 2019.

The Sherwood restoration project is a smaller project of the Stateline Fuel Reduction program, a multi-year conservation effort encompassing approximately 6,000 acres of BLM property.

“A variety of wildlife depend on viable habitat across our public lands,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries. “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 Federation
When 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 raise $1.2 billion to conserve and 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 NWTF.org