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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The Oklahoma State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation selected Hunting Heritage Super Fund proposals for 2020 totaling $172,749.
The Oklahoma board of directors for the state chapter approved funding for numerous projects that will control invasive plant species, maintain productive wildlife openings, create healthier forests and waterways and help to preserve our hunting heritage. The board also secured matching funds that will result in more than $1 million for approved projects this year.
“The Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is supported by our state boards and chapter members,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “Hunting Heritage Super Fund money is critical to implementing the initiative, and investing in focal landscapes and hunter recruitment.”
The board of directors dedicated $77,119 for habitat and equipment proposals across Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Black Kettle, Cross Timbers, Ellis County, Homer Johnston, Okmulgee, Ouachita, Packsaddle, Pushmataha, and Spavinaw Hills wildlife management areas, as well as the Blue Mountain Walk-in Turkey Hunting Area. Funding also will support the Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association’s efforts to facilitate the use of prescribed fire on private lands in multiple NWTF focal landscapes.
In support of projects and programs to preserve our hunting heritage, the board dedicated $49,499 to scholarships, JAKES, Women in the Outdoors, Wheelin’ Sportsmen, Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Youth Forestry and Wildlife Camp, Oklahoma FFA Sporting Clays event, National Archery in the Schools Program, Scholastic Shooting Sports Program and much more.
The state board also dedicated $40,000 to help ODWC acquire new public hunting lands.
View the full budget summary.
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 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 NWTF.org.