NWTF Kansas Pledges $74,986 to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The Kansas State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s board of directors recently met in Leroy, Kansas and approved $74,986 for Super Fund projects

The board of directors budgeted $46,400 for conservation projects and $28,586 for hunting heritage related projects. NWTF award funding will be matched with more than $1.1 million in partner funds for the approved projects; representing a 20-to-one match ratio.

Save the Hunt funding = $28,586
$18,586 was approved to support education/outreach efforts in Kansas including JAKES, WITO, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, Kansas state scholarship, and hunter access projects.

Other, specific, project awards include:

  • $5,000 to support the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism’s effort to enhance Walk-In-Hunting-Areas in urban areas
  • $5,000 to support the KDWPT Track Chair Program to assist handicapped hunters

Save the Habitat funding = $46,400
In addition, the Kansas State Board of Directors dedicated $46,400 in NWTF funding to the following Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects directed at Kansas “Save the Habitat” objectives. Specific project awards include, but are not limited to:

  • $5,000 for continued support of the NWTF District Biologist Program Partners: Nebraska NWTF State Chapter, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, KDWPT
  • $5,500 to purchase habitat management equipment including a tree planter for riparian restoration on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuges in Eastern Kansas and water tanks to support the prescribed burning efforts of the Ninnescah Valley Prescribed Burn Association.
    Partners: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, KDWPT, Ninnescah Valley PBA, private landowners
  • $7,500 in support of grassland restoration efforts at Wilson Wildlife Area to include adding fencing for the utilization of livestock to better manage wildlife habitat.
    Partners: KDWPT
  • $14,400 in support of forest stand improvement efforts at KDWPT Duck Creek and Perry wildlife areas, and at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Center. $7,500 was provided to KDWPT and the Kansas Forest Service in support of a grant submission for landscape-level forestry efforts in Eastern Kansas.
    Partners: KDWPT, KFS, WCNOC
  • $10,000 in support of riparian restoration on Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism’s Cottonwood Flats WA via treatment of invasive Saltcedar.
    Partners: KDWPT
  • $4,000 to support research to investigate best management practices for managing oak savanna habitat conducted at KDWPT’s Woodson Wildlife Area by Wichita State University.
    Partners: WSU, KDWPT

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.