TENNESSEE – The National Wild Turkey Federation presented the USDA Forest Service with the prestigious national Land Stewardship Award from for its long history of collaborative conservation across its 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands. National Wild Turkey Federation CEO Becky Humphries presented Chief Vickie Christensen with the award at the 43rd annual NWTF Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Forest Service received the award in recognition of its conservation ethic and commitment to management of the land resources through both active forest and habitat management.
“On a national scale, the Forest Service truly embodies the Land Stewardship Award,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “We thank them for their forward and visionary thinking, collaboration with traditional and non-traditional partners, and their stewardship ethic.”
NWTF and the Forest Service have worked together to promote land stewardship since the late 1970s. Recent efforts between the agencies include stewardship projects valued at nearly $40 million dollars across more than 72,000 acres of habitat across the country. Other jointly-funded efforts address capacity limitations and more than 110 Challenge Cost Share Agreements have improved habitat across the National Forest System. A national liaison position has also focused on maximizing strategic collaborative conservation and heritage hunting efforts.
These accomplishments are just a snapshot of the work completed through this enduring partnership.
The National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt” initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting.