EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation is celebrating the landmark accomplishment of 20 million acres conserved or enhanced, since tracking began in 1985.
“Saying the NWTF improves habitat for wildlife is fulfilling in itself. Sharing that the organization has improved nearly 650,000 acres over the past year is exciting. But, to celebrate the NWTF eclipsing 20 million acres of conserved or enhanced habitat is truly a historic moment,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries. “Surpassing this milestone has not been easy. It has taken the incredible work of staff, volunteers and partners working together. We are appreciative of all those efforts.”
The conservation organization began in 1973 with a mission to conserve the American wild turkey and preserve the country’s hunting heritage, but habitat conservation always was a key component to the NWTF’s efforts.
With turkeys numbering more than 6.25 million today, the organization’s focus is on its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative, a pledge to conserve or enhance 4 million acres of wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million hunters and open 500,000 acres for public access.
Though the NWTF is just six years in to the 10-year initiative, it already has surpassed one of the goals. The NWTF, along with the hard work of their partners has opened access to 559,833 acres, which in itself is an incredible accomplishment and proof of the commitment the NWTF has for our wild places and wild animals.
“While we are celebrating these wins, we know the work has only just begun,” said Humphries. “We look forward to staying in the trenches with our staff, partners and volunteers to make sure we Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. for generations to come.”
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. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or 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.