EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation recently received a $38,644 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to restore forest stands on Pine Ridge wildlife management areas.
“We greatly appreciate support from NET which expands the footprint of ongoing forest restoration efforts in the Pine Ridge,” said Jim Pitman, NWTF district biologist. “These efforts benefit all Nebraskans by reducing wildfire risk and improving wildlife habitat on lands open to public access.”
The Trust’s board announced the funding during its April meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. The project is one of more than 100 projects receiving funding this year.
The NWTF and its partners – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Nebraska Forest Service – will use the funding to continue their forest restoration efforts in the Pine Ridge area of Nebraska, working specifically on the Bordeaux Creek, Chadron Creek Ranch, Gilbert Baker and Ponderosa wildlife management areas.
The new funding will allow the partners to treat 136 acres over the next year. The projects will expand upon 323 acres treated last year with financial support from NET. Forest restoration efforts lessen the potential impact of large-scale wildfires, which severely impacted the region in 2006 and 2012. In addition to reducing wildfire risk, the project will enhance the diversity of the forest and restore the landscape to a more natural, pre-settlement condition.
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
About the Nebraska Environmental Trust
The Nebraska legislature created the NET in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the NET has provided more than $305 Million in grants to more than 2,200 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.