NWTF's New York State Chapter Announces Funding for 2010
EDGEFIELD, SC -(Ammoland.com)- The www.nwtf.org/ New York State Chapter budgeted $133,000 from its state Hunting Heritage Super Fund to invest in outreach, education, conservation and other projects in 2010.
The NWTF Super Fund is administered jointly by the NWTF, its state and provincial chapters and wildlife agencies, and supports conservation and education programs.
“The New York State Chapter has been a leader among NWTF chapters since its inception 35 years ago,” said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., the NWTF's chief conservation officer.
“By directing dollars to land access and wildlife habitat improvements, and strengthening outreach and education programs, the New York State Chapter is helping enhance habitat for all kinds of wildlife while making a better outdoor experience, not just for hunters – but for everyone. These members are creating a lasting legacy for people to enjoy our rich wildlife heritage.”
Since 1985, NWTF chapters in New York have raised and spent more than $1.7 million on wildlife habitat enhancements, land purchases, education, outreach and more within the state. NWTF chapters and cooperating partners across North America have raised and spent more than $306 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving 14 million acres of wildlife habitat.
Hunters also make significant contributions to the state's economy. The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation reports that hunters in the Empire State spend $788 million and 9.4 million days afield pursuing their sport each year.
The NWTF's New York State Board of Directors dedicated $133,000 to accomplish the following Hunting Heritage Super Fund projects in 2010, which will benefit New York's resident and non-resident sportsmen:
$70,000 to increase access to hunting land through the More Places to Hunt initiative, improve wildlife habitat through the NWTF Seed Subsidy membership benefit and Conservation Seed program, and complete cooperative public land habitat improvement projects that will enhance wild turkey brood habitat and control noxious weeds. Projects will be completed in the Carlton Hill and Deer Creek Marsh wildlife management areas (WMA), and projects in the Tassell Hill State Forest, Louise Keir WMA and Finger Lakes National Forest are under consideration.
$23,700 to uphold outdoor traditions through the NWTF's JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) and Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF outreach programs, educational programs, scholarship programs, 4-H Shooting Sports, and the National Archery in the Schools Program
$6,000 to support critical research on wild turkey harvest potential in New York and support of ongoing American chestnut research
$3,000 to protect and promote our hunting heritage through contributions to the New York State Conservation Council, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and New York State Legislative Sportsmen Caucus
In addition, the New York State Chapter's board of directors allocated $30,300 to other projects in 2010.
The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage.
Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $306 million to conserve 14 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.