2004 NTWF Funds LDWF Land Purchase

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At their January 31 state awards banquet, the Louisiana chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation presented the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries with a check for $28,000 for land acquisitions. The funds cover the entire purchase price of 20 acres of true inholdings, land surrounded by property already owned by the department, within Sicily Island Hills Wildlife Management Area. Secretary Dwight Landreneau accepted the check on behalf of LDWF from NWTF State Chapter President Mike Rainwater.

"This is the fifth LDWF land acquisition project supported by the Turkey Federation," said Randy Myers, LDWF program manager. The funds come from a percentage of 50 NWTF fundraising events held all over the state that result in more than $150,000 annually to be used for conservation work in Louisiana.

Bob Love, NWTF state board member and LDWF assistant division administrator, said, "Sicily Island Hills has historically been very important to this state's wild turkey program." Many turkeys used in the states restocking efforts have been trapped on the WMA. "It's important to secure these true inholdings and ensure that our management plan for the area is not compromised," Love continued.

The National Wild Turkey Federation, an organization dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions, is involved in many statewide and community outreach programs such as Women in the Outdoors and Wheelin' Sportsmen, scholarship programs, habitat improvement and restocking efforts. Louisiana memberships at all levels of the organization number more than 9,000.

Secretary Landreneau said, "The support of the National Wild Turkey Federation and other conservation groups is greatly appreciated. We are all partners in preserving our natural areas and using their resources wisely."