EDGEFIELD, South Carolina — The Nebraska State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently met in Kearney to review the Hunting Heritage Super Fund’s project proposals for the 2023 funding awards.
After the review and ranking process, the proposals were submitted to and approved by the NWTF Nebraska Board of Directors. The Board of Directors budgeted $30,000 for conservation projects and $24,619.34 for other projects, including outreach and education events and support of 4H Shooting Sports.
“Volunteers in Nebraska are doing a great job putting their money where it matters,” said Annie Farrell, NWTF district biologist for Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. “They do what they preach and we are pleased with the outcome of this year’s budget. I am excited to see how these great projects unfold in 2023.”
NWTF grant funding will be matched with more than $4.7 million in partner funds for approved projects, representing a 168:1 match ratio for NWTF funding.
The Nebraska State Board of Directors dedicated $30,000 in funding to the following Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects that address Nebraska habitat conservation goals. Specific project awards include:
- $5,000 to support the new wild turkey research project at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- $2,500 to support USACE Harlan County Lake Invasive Species Removal Project
- $2,500 to help purchase prescribed burning equipment for the Lower Platte South NRD
- $15,000 to support NWTF’s Waterways for Wildlife initiative
- $5,000 to support the NWTF District Biologist position
Additionally, $24,619.34 was approved for Hunting Heritage’s efforts in Nebraska. This funding was approved to support education/outreach efforts such as the JAKES program ($3,550), NWTF Hunting Heritage Fund ($250), NWTF National Wild Turkey Research ($3,500), Conference volunteer travel Leadership National and NWTF 50th Anniversary Convention ($13,000), Nebraska Park and Game Commission Take Them Hunting Program ($1,000), Eustis Gun Club ($3,000), and other miscellaneous projects and conference support ($319.34 ).
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 positively impacted more than 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The NWTF has also invested more than $8.5 million in wild turkey research to ensure the wild turkey population remains healthy. The organization continues to fulfill its mission by working across borders at the landscape scale to increase abundant clean water, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities, and strong recreational opportunities across the US. With the help of its dedicated members, partners and staff, the NWTF will continue its work to provide Healthy Habitats and Healthy Crops for future generations.