EDGEFIELD, S.C. — During a recent board of directors meeting, the Texas State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation approved $175,811 in funding to support the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative throughout the state.
“Our state board is working hard to financially support the newly-revised state plan for Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. in Texas by balancing habitat, outreach and hunting heritage requests to support our state and federal partners while growing membership,” said Tony Hawley, Texas state chapter president. “We feel this year’s budget allocation helps to accomplish that.”
The Texas state board allotted $81,268 for NWTF’s Save the Habitat. initiative, which will be leveraged to $273,700 through partnership matching.
Shared stewardship projects between NWTF and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department include riparian and upland habitat enhancement on the Matador WMA ($5,000), brush removal and range seeding on the Muse WMA ($10,000), aerial and mechanical brush control on the Twin Buttes Reservoir ($10,000), aerial brush control on the James Daughtrey WMA ($5,000), invasive species control on the Alazan Bayou WMA ($8,000), forestry mulching on the Caddo Lake ($2,500) and fireguard installation and prescribed burning on Lake Granger PHL ($7,000).
2020 Save the Habitat. funds will also support the cooperative NWTF district biologist position in eastern Texas.
In addition, the Texas board of directors dedicated over $90,000 in funding to Save the Hunt. in the state, which includes an array of community outreach programs, including Wheelin’s Sportsmen events, JAKES events, WITO events, scholarships, youth events, signage and membership rebates.
Additional Save the Habitat. funds include funding for bronze level sponsorship for TPWD’s Lone Star Land Steward Awards Program ($1,000) and sponsorship for TPWD’s Panhandle Wildlife Symposium ($1,000), among numerous other educational and outreach events.
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.