NEBRASKA – Landowners in Nebraska who want to improve the land and water on their properties to benefit wildlife can take advantage of $175,000 in cost-share funds for a limited time.20080812_NWTFrgb

“Water quality is an important issue in Nebraska,” said Brandon Houck, National Wild Turkey Federation director of conservation operations for the western region. “This project is a great way to help landowners improve their properties for wild turkeys and other wildlife by offering a higher rate of cost-share funding than is often available through other programs.”

Through this cooperative project between the NWTF, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, landowners can receive up to 90 percent cost-share funding to improve wildlife habitat and water quality through practices including:

* Planting or restoring native grasses
* Installing fences along streamside habitats
* Removing invasive trees and plants such as red cedar, Russian olive and honey locust
* Planting trees and shrubs to improve wildlife habitat
* Conducting controlled burns and establishing firebreaks
* Improving forest stands by thinning to reduce fire hazards in pine lands and removing selected undesirable trees to improve oaks and other nut producing trees

Any landowner in Nebraska who contacts the NWTF about this cost-share opportunity will be put in contact with a natural resource professional or NWTF biologist. Landowners who do not have access to the equipment necessary to complete certain land enhancement projects are encouraged to inquire about this opportunity. The NWTF can help locate private contractors who can perform the recommended tasks and landowners can use the cost-share funds to pay these contractors.

The NWTF is a nonprofit conservation organization that works daily to further its mission of conserving the wild turkey and preserving our hunting heritage.

Through dynamic partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members have helped restore wild turkey populations across the country, spending more than $306 million to conserve 14 million acres of habitat for all types of wildlife.

Landowners in Nebraska who are interested in this cost-share opportunity should contact Roger Wells, NWTF upland biologist, at (620) 443-5834 or rwells@nwtf.net, or Brandon Houck at (620) 443-5906 or bhouck@nwtf.net.

For more information about the NWTF visit the Web site at www.nwtf.org or call (800) THE-NWTF.