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For Immediate Release
MISSOURI— The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Missouri State Chapter, partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), has announced a management plan that will help secure the future of wildlife conservation in the Show-Me State.
Missouri Wild Turkey Strategic Plan Synopsis
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The plan, known as the North American Wild Turkey Management Plan (NAWTMP), helps ensure that wild turkey populations and habitats are managed in a way that benefits a broad spectrum of wildlife, not just the wild turkey.
In addition to specific habitat goals for Missouri such as making improvements to timber stands and replenishing savanna and woodland areas across the state, the plan outlines many proactive goals pertaining to hunter access, wild turkey research and conservation outreach.
Results of the NAWTMP in action can already be found statewide, including southwest Missouri. There, the local Sugar Creek Gobblers NWTF chapter recently teamed up with the MDNR and MDC to improve wildlife habitat in Roaring River State Park, near Cassville. Crewmembers and volunteers conducted prescribed burns to reduce wildfire fuel and provide a more open habitat that wild turkeys and other wildlife prefer to thick brushy areas.
“Projects like this are just one aspect of the positive benefits that Missouri’s Wild Turkey Strategic Plan will have not only for wild turkeys, but other important species in Missouri such as warblers, sparrows and bobwhite quail,” said NAWTMP Coordinator Mark Hatfield.
According to Hatfield, teamwork among the NWTF, non-government organizations, government agencies, corporations and other partners has already proven that the plan can be successful.
“Today, even the smallest habitat project requires the efforts of multiple partners,” said Hatfield. “Thanks to our great partners and volunteers, the North American Wild Turkey Management Plan is creating win-win scenarios across the continent that will help everyone do more for wildlife.”
The NWTF will continue to work with state wildlife agencies, the USDA’s Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous other partners to maintain wild turkey habitat on millions of acres of public and private properties across North America.
“The NWTF’s long-term relationships with these partners were key to the restoration of the wild turkey across the U.S., and having them on board is a blessing for the wild turkey’s future,” said James Earl Kennamer, Ph.D., NWTF’s senior vice president of conservation programs.
To find out more visit the NWTF Website at www.nwtf.org