NWTF Project Receives Financial Boost from Nebraska Environmental Trust


The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was recently awarded $78,837 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) for Forest Stand Restoration on Pine Ridge Wildlife Management Areas project. It is one of 132 projects receiving a combined $21,750,000 in grants from the NET this year.

The forest stand improvement project for four western wildlife management areas (Metcalf, Ponderosa, Gilbert Baker, and Chadron Creek Ranch) is a joint effort by the NWTF, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Forest Service.

Project goals include habitat restoration for wildlife species, specifically five at-risk Tier 1 species (including bighorn sheep) and 45 Tier II species, reducing the threat of large-scale catastrophic wildfires and testing innovative forest management techniques. Recent wildfires along the Niobrara River and the Pine Ridge are a vivid reminder what could be at stake without active management.

“This project is of importance to the NWTF’s lasting commitment of conserving and maintaining wildlife habitat across the entire Black Hills-Pine Ridge focal landscape, a region that covers portions of Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming,” said Jared McJunkin, NWTF conservation field supervisor for the Great Plains District. “The project also includes an outreach-educational component for sharing successes and knowledge gained with landowners and land managers of similar properties.”

The Nebraska Legislature created the NET in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska lottery, the trust has provided over $213 million in grants to citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses to fund over 1,600 projects across the state. The NET works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.

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