The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) tends to focus on wild turkeys—hence the name—but its conservation initiatives benefit all kinds of native species and foster America’s proud tradition of time spent in the outdoors. This coming week, from Sept. 19 through Sept. 25, NWTF is ready to help new and returning hunters get excited about America’s wild spaces and our role in preserving them.
Throughout its Conservation Week, NWTF will showcase the organization’s (and members’) successes with web articles, Facebook Lives, infographics, Q&As, Conservation Week-specific gear, film contest results and much more. The week’s conclusion, September 25, is National Hunting and Fishing Day. What better time of year for outdoors enthusiasts to help promote our passions and educate others on the importance of conservation?
At the heart of this celebration is what NWTF calls “America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation.” It’s a national strategic plan created by NWTF conservation experts that identifies six areas of concern: America’s Colonial Forests; America’s Crossroads; America’s Great Open Spaces; America’s Mid-South Rebirth; America’s Southern Piney Woods; and America’s Western Wildlands. The Big Six includes 738 million acres of identified areas of concern.
While NWTF staff and volunteers work to ensure these vital conservation objectives are met throughout Big Six areas of concern, they also work within these regions to preserve our hunting heritage, which in turn fuels conservation delivery. From field to fork events, mentored hunts, Women in the Outdoors events, and craft beer and wild game pairings, NWTF staff and volunteers are working in unison to ensure there will be future hunters and conservationists.
“We want to highlight all of our own conservation and outreach work, while emphasizing the important role hunting plays in conservation,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “The connection between conservation and hunting is the essence of the NWTF’s mission, and we want to bring that relationship into focus during our Conservation Week.”
Keep an eye on NWTF’s Facebook page over the coming week for Facebook lives, shareable resources, contests and more!