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North Dakota Governor Recognizes NWTF for 50 Years

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum recently honored the National Wild Turkey Federation with a certificate of recognition for it its 50th Anniversary.

“We are honored to be recognized by Gov. Burgum,” said Steve Meyer, NWTF North Dakota State Chapter president. “This recognition would not be possible without our volunteers across the state working for the greater good of conservation and our hunting heritage.”  

The certificate of recognition reads: 

“The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was incorporated in 1973, with its headquarters in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Over the past 50 years, the NWTF has played a vital role in conserving and reviving the wild turkey population, which was on the brink of extinction. Through partnerships with various organizations and government agencies, the NWTF has invested over half a billion dollars to conserve and enhance more than 22 million acres of wildlife habitat. They have also focused on recruiting and reactivating hunters, successfully engaging 1.5 million individuals since 2012. Additionally, the NWTF has been a leading stewardship partner of the USDA Forest Service for over 40 years and actively involved in combating wildfires. Their local chapters, like those in North Dakota, have made a significant impact on turkey restoration efforts, resulting in strong turkey populations and high hunter success rates in the state.”

The NWTF policy team and its volunteer leadership are working with state legislatures across the country to pass similar measures this year that enshrine the NWTF’s legacy and mission delivery into state law.

Learn more about the NWTF’s policy and advocacy work.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation

Since 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation has invested over half a billion dollars into wildlife conservation and has conserved or enhanced over 22 million acres of critical wildlife habitat. The organization continues to drive wildlife conservation, forest resiliency and robust recreational opportunities throughout the U.S. by working across boundaries on a landscape scale.

2023 is the NWTF’s 50 th anniversary and an opportunity to propel the organization’s mission into the future while honoring its rich history. For its 50 th anniversary, the NWTF has set six ambitious goals: positively impact 1 million acres of wildlife habitat; raise $500,000 for wild turkey research; increase membership to 250,000 members; dedicate $1 million to education and outreach programs; raise $5 million to invest in technology and NWTF’s people; and raise $5 million to build toward a $50 million endowment for the future.  Learn how you can help us reach these lofty goals.

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