EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation recently entered into a five-year cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office aimed at improving wildlife habitat and maintaining resilient landscapes. The agreement between the two partners could provide up to $400,000 of federal funding toward habitat management efforts in Colorado.
“We are grateful and excited for the NWTF to partner with the BLM in Colorado,” said Tom Spezze, NWTF conservation field supervisor. “The partnership will open new doors for NWTF conservation work, and with the alignment of NWTF and BLM missions, additional opportunities for collaborative conservation work will develop.”
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The NWTF will work with BLM field staff and state agencies to design and implement projects to protect, maintain and enhance healthy habitats in a variety of ecosystems.
Projects will include, but are not limited to the following:
- Thinning of forests and shrublands
- Reduction of hazardous fuel conditions
- Seeding to reduce erosion and provide wildlife additional food sources
- Noxious weed control
- Prescribed fire planning and operations
“BLM Colorado is excited about the new partnership with the National Wild Turkey Federation,” said Sam Dearstyne, BLM colorado fuels program lead. “It makes a lot of sense to have partners who provide additional perspectives and resources that complement the BLM’s land management efforts.”
Colorado is located in the Western Wildlands region of the NWTF’s America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation.
About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
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, the NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
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