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NWTF Texas Pledges $137,400 to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. in 2019

NWTF Texas Pledges $137,400 to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. in 2019

For more information, contact Gene T. Miller at (806) 803-0180 or gmiller@nwtf.net

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The Texas State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation selected Hunting Heritage Super Fund proposals for 2019 totaling $137,400.

The Texas 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 at an eight to one ratio, a total of 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,” said Becky Humphries, NWTF CEO. “Hunting Heritage Super Fund money is critical to implementing the initiative, and investing in focal landscapes and hunter recruitment.”

Highlighted projects supporting the NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative in Texas include, but are not limited to, the following:

$60,500 for habitat restoration and enhancement efforts on I.D. Fairchild State Forest and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Alazan Bayou, Gus Engeling, Matador and Muse wildlife management areas. Funding also supports the NWTF district biologist position and the purchase of equipment for prescribed burning operations, both in the eastern part of the state.

$10,500 supporting NWTF youth scholarships and the local and state level.

$11,500 for NWTF JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship), Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin’ Sportsmen events, as well as support for the Outreach Fund, 4-H Shooting Sports, National Archery in the School Program and the Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge.

$7,500 supporting Eastern Wild Turkey trap and transfer efforts (i.e. turkey transfer boxes, shipping, disease testing, fuel) and the state-wide wild turkey banding and tracking study.

For more information about the Texas NWTF State chapter, visit www.txnwtf.org.

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.

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