13 Year Old Wins African Safari for NWTF Conservation Project

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Cason Berg, 13, of Soda Springs, Idaho won the grand prize in the National Wild Turkey Federation's 2010 Dream Hunt Conservation Project, a contest created to involve youth in the conservation of America's natural resources.

For his hard work and dedication, Cason won an all-expenses-paid, chaperoned hunting trip to Namibia, Africa, sponsored by Flies and Fletching, Outdoor Pursuits Worldwide and Ekuja Hunting Safaris.

Cason's project, implemented a comprehensive wildlife management plan and took more than four months to complete. Work included planting and caring for trees, shrubs and vegetation that provide necessary wildlife habitat components such as nesting habitat, food and escape cover. Cason also built a bridge and trails for increased public access and developed education materials for the project area.

As a result of Cason's project, several new species have been observed in the project area including wild turkeys, sharptail grouse, mountain cottontail, American red squirrel, white-tailed deer and moose.

"Everyone at the NWTF is impressed by the project Cason put together," said James Earl Kennamer Ph.D., NWTF chief conservation officer. "It's truly amazing how much he accomplished and it is great to see the project is already paying off in the form of better habitat and new wildlife in the area."

Visit http://www.nwtf.org/contests/dream_hunt for details and photos of Cason's project and an in-depth weekly journal of Cason's personal experiences.

Haley Pierce of Greenville, Ill., won first runner-up for her habitat improvement project that controlled and removed invasive plant species in mature hardwood forests. Jackson White of Cape Girardeau, Mo., won the third place for his wildlife refuge project. Both will receive fantastic hunting prize packages.

The NWTF, Flies and Fletching and Outdoor Pursuits Worldwide will organize the Dream Hunt Conservation Project again in 2011. Details will be announced in early 2011 and those interested in participating can sign up for notifications at http://www.nwtf.org/contests/dream_hunt/2011_dream_hunt_info.html.