“The NWTF knows that hunters already provide the majority of conservation funding through excise taxes on hunting license, firearm and ammunition purchases,” said Jason Tarwater, NWTF regional director. “But if we hope to preserve our hunting heritage for future generations, it’s important that hunters unite to address the challenges of habitat loss and hunter access.”
State level goals for the initiative in Wyoming include conserving or enhancing 10,000 acres of habitat in areas with the most critical needs, improve winter food source, assist with hunter safety classes, create or re-engage 500 hunters, and help open hunting access to 300,000 acres over the next 10 years.
Recent fundraising money in the state of Wyoming has aided in the Access Yes program, Forever Wild Families, the Northern Plains Riparian Restoration Initiative, and various other habitat projects across the state. The NWTF also has two enclosed JAKES trailers that are used around the state for youth education and other outreach events.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever.
Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, create at least 1.5 million hunters, and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment.
Individuals wishing to become more involved with the NWTF can volunteer for local banquet committees. Funds raised from banquets are used for local projects supporting the NWTF’s initiative. Active committees already exist in Cody, Riverton, Casper and Hulett, but NWTF regional staff is looking create additional committees through the rest of the state, especially Cheyenne, Sheridan, Laramie, Gillette and Jackson.
“The NWTF and its committed volunteers believe in doing what’s necessary to create more wild turkeys,” Tarwater said. “We believe it is our duty to create vibrant and healthy upland habitat and believe our hunting heritage is worth fighting for. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.”