Tennessee legislature recognizes NWTF for 50 years of conservation

EDGEFIELD, SC — During the NWTF’s 50th anniversary celebration at its annual National Convention and Sports Show in Nashville, the Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives passed a joint resolution recognizing the NWTF’s 50 years of fulfilling its mission to conserve wild turkey and preserve North American game. inheritance.

“We are beyond proud to be recognized by the Tennessee State House and Senate for our last 50 years of wild turkey conservation and hunting legacy,” said Tom Spezze, national director of field conservation and state policy. of the NWTF. “We have a long history of fulfilling our mission in the great state of Tennessee, and we are honored to be recognized by state legislators.”

The bill, sponsored by Greg Vital (R-TN) and co-sponsored by Chris Todd (R-TN), begins:

“WHEREAS, it is appropriate for the members of this General Assembly to recognize those exemplary organizations that promote and protect our nation’s traditional outdoor traditions; and WHEREAS, one such commendable organization is the National Wild Turkey Federation, which is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary of providing relentless support for science-based wildlife habitat management, research, and conservation…”

Read the entire bill.

NWTF Tennessee State Chapter President Mark Darnell, members of the NWTF Tennessee State Board of Directors, and NWTF Tennessee staff were present at the official approval of the joint resolution.

The NWTF’s policy team is 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 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. Find out how you can help us achieve these lofty goals.