The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Pheasants Forever (PF), Quail Forever (QF), and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) recently acquired and dedicated a 484-acre tract of land named the Blue Valley Wildlife Area.
“This is just one example of what we can accomplish when we all work together for a unified cause,” said Jared McJunkin, NWTF Great Plains District conservation field supervisor. “While this is the first successful land acquisition for the NWTF in Kansas, we believe additional projects will follow.”
The Blue Valley Wildlife Area acquisition permanently protects habitat vital to many species of wildlife, including turkey, pheasants, quail and prairie chickens. An additional 550 acres of the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area also is more accessible as a result of the project.
In addition to providing partial funding for the land acquisition, the conservation organizations worked with KDWPT to help the project make it through the state’s legislative session.
The NWTF, PF and QF signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year, creating a historic partnership to ensure wild bird habitat conservation and North America’s hunting heritage remains strong for generations to come.
“It’s great to see conservation organizations work together with state wildlife agencies to increase public access opportunities for outdoor recreation,” said Robin Jenson, KDWPT secretary. “In Kansas, where less than 3 percent of the land is in public ownership, projects like these and our continued relationships for conservation are extremely important.”
Pete Muller at (803) 637-7698
Image courtesy National Wild Turkey Federation