EDGEFIELD, SC — On June 12, the Arizona Senate recognized the National Wild Turkey Federation for its 50th Anniversary, commending the organization for its conservation achievements and successful fulfillment of its mission throughout the state.
The Arizona Senate read the proclamation, congratulating the NWTF for five decades of commitment to conservation, during its session at the Arizona State Senate office. NWTF Arizona State Chapter board members attended the reading to express their support for the proclamation.
“The National Wild Turkey Federation and the Arizona State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation are grateful for the recognition of 50 years of partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and all that we have accomplished together for the turkey. wild and conservation in this state. said Roy Crain, president of the NWTF’s Arizona State Chapter.
The resolution says:
“…WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation has spent more than $750,000 to assist in the reintroduction and ongoing research of Gouldian’s turkey in Arizona; and
WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation spends more than $50,000 annually on conservation and research in Arizona; and
WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation has spent more than $50,000 on scholarships in Arizona and more than $5,500,000 on scholarships nationally; and
WHEREAS, the National Wild Turkey Federation supports and partners with the Arizona Department of Fish and Game to conserve wildlife habitat, increase hunter participation, and invest in wild turkey research; and
WHEREAS, the national Wild Turkey Federation has accomplished all of these aforementioned accomplishments, the chapter system in Arizona, as well as the Arizona Game and Fish Department with which we often partner, has become established himself as a national leader among his peers…”
Through investments made over the years in Arizona Gouldians, NWTF has assisted the Arizona Department of Game and Fish in trapping and moving Gouldians from Mexico to various mountain ranges throughout the state. between 2002 and 2006. Since March 2006, all Gouldian turkey harvests and translocations have taken place within Arizona.
“We look forward to many more decades of partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the State of Arizona,” Crain said.
The NWTF policy team and its volunteer leadership are working with state legislatures across the country to pass similar measures this year that enshrine the NWTF’s legacy and mission in state law.
Learn more about the policy and advocacy work of the NWTF.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested more than half a billion dollars in wildlife conservation and has conserved or improved more than 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The organization continues to advance wildlife conservation, forest resiliency, and robust recreational opportunities across the US by working beyond borders at the landscape scale.
2023 is the 50th of the NWTF he Anniversary and an opportunity to push the organization’s mission into the future while honoring its rich history. for his 50he Anniversary, the NWTF has set six ambitious goals: positively impact 1 million acres of wildlife habitat; raise $500,000 for wild turkey research; increase membership to 250,000 members; dedicate $1 million to education and outreach programs; raise $5 million to invest in technology and the people of NWTF; and raise $5 million to build a $50 million endowment for the future. Learn how you can help us achieve these lofty goals.