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NWTF South Dakota Commits $44K to Mission Delivery for 2024

EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The South Dakota NWTF State Chapter recently met to review Hunting Heritage Super Fund project proposals for 2024 funding awards. After the review and ranking process, proposals were presented to and approved by the NWTF South Dakota Board of Directors. The volunteers in the Mount Rushmore State budgeted $44,250 for conservation and outreach-education projects and events.

“The projects that will receive funding this year are great examples of how NWTF’s reach is far and wide in outreach and on-the-ground conservation work,” said Clayton Lenk, NWTF district biologist for Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. “Thanks to the support and generosity of our members and volunteers, we can provide an even greater impact to the resource and the outreach efforts going on in South Dakota.”

2024 projects include:

1) South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks wild turkey research ($7,500).

2) NWTF Black Hills cooperative forester ($7,500).

3) NWTF Waterways for Wildlife Initiative ($5,000).

4) SDGFP Shooting Sports Complex ($5,000).

5) SD Wildlife Federation Youth Camp ($4,000).

6) SDGFP outdoor campus – Sioux Falls ($2,500).

7) SDGFP hardwood enhancement ($2,000).

8) The Phoenix Conservancy ($1,000).

9) SD Agricultural Land Trust (SDALT) – Bies easement ($1,000).

10) SDALT – Spring Valley easement ($1,000).

11) Hot Springs Trap Team ($1,000).

12) Sisseton Trap Team ($1,000).

13) Project Learning Tree ($1,000).

14) Beacon Hill Shooting Range improvements ($1,000).

15) SDGFP Turkey CHAP Program ($1,000).

16) SDGFP drop net system ($1,000).

17) SDGFP turkey netting ($1,000).

18) NWTF BB guns for JAKES events ($750).

Each year, the South Dakota NWTF State Chapter allocates funds for a variety of conservation work and education and outreach events, as well as other mission-related activities. Funding for these projects is provided through the NWTF Super Fund, a funding model where NWTF volunteers raise money at banquets and other types of fundraisers and then allocate a significant portion of those funds back into meaningful conservation and outreach projects the state board of directors approves.

Learn more about local events that help fuel the Super Fund.

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 50th anniversary and an opportunity to propel the organization’s mission into the future while honoring its rich history. For its 50th 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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