Wyoming Governor Honors 50th Anniversary of National Wild Turkey Federation

EDGEFIELD, SC — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon honored the National Wild Turkey Federation and celebrated its 50th anniversary with a proclamation at the state capitol building in Cheyenne on July 17.

“We are grateful for this recognition,” said Joan Eisemann, president of the NWTF’s Wyoming state chapter. “It wouldn’t be possible without all the dedicated chapter volunteers who have helped us grow and continue our mission.”

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 heavily involved in the development and implementation of the USDA Wildfire Crisis Strategy,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK GORDON, Governor of the State of Wyoming, acknowledge and celebrate the 50thhe Anniversary of the National Wild Turkey Federation and salute the organization, its chapters, and members across the United States for their tremendous efforts to advance scientific, state-led wildlife management and the conservation of America’s wild turkey and its habitat. We wish the National Wild Turkey Federation, its members and chapters the best for the future as they continue to fulfill their mission by working beyond land tenure lines at the landscape scale to increase clean and abundant water, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities and strong recreational opportunities across the country…”

“The Wyoming State Chapter thanks Governor Gordon for recognizing our 50th Anniversary,” said Marica Polhamus, a member of the NWTF National Board of Directors. “We are grateful for this recognition and proud of our success. Wyoming’s devoted volunteers aspire to grow our hunting legacy and maintain our mission for many decades to come.”

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 NWTFhe 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.