EDGEFIELD, SC — Idaho Governor Brad Little recognized the National Wild Turkey Federation Monday with the signing of a proclamation celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary. The proclamation is a significant recognition of the NWTF’s contributions to the state’s conservation efforts and the preservation of America’s hunting heritage.
“I was honored to accept this proclamation from Governor Little on behalf of the NWTF,” said NWTF Regional Director Jason Tarwater. “For the Governor to not only recognize the NWTF’s 50 years of conservation, but also to do so in front of hundreds of logging industry workers who are vital to our organization’s forest stewardship efforts in our western states, means a lot to us. the NWTF”.
Nearly 300 people from the logging industry in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana attended the event, which was hosted by Marc Brinkmeyer, a member of the NWTF National Board of Directors and owner of the Idaho Forest Group.
The proclamation, in part, reads:
“Whereas the National Wild Turkey Federation is the largest and longest-serving non-governmental management partner of the USDA Forest Service, conserving habitat on National Forest System Lands for more than 40 years and deeply involved in the development and implementation of the USDA Wildfire Crisis Strategy. ; and
Whereas we wish the National Wild Turkey Federation and its members and chapters the best for the future as they continue to fulfill their mission by working beyond property lines to the landscape scale to increase clean water and abundant, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities, and strong recreational opportunities across the country.”
“The recognition and support of our continued conservation efforts by the Governor and the Idaho Forest Group is a huge step forward in advancing NWTF’s national and local goals of Healthy Habitats, Healthy Harvests,” said Joe Foster, president of the state chapter of NWTF in Idaho.
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 strong recreational opportunities across the US by working beyond borders at the landscape scale.
2023 is the 50th of the NWTFhe anniversary and an opportunity to push the organization’s mission into the future while honoring its rich history. for his 50 he 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.