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Wild turkey group partners to sustain U.S. forests

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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the American Forest Foundation (AFF) have announced a new partnership promoting well-managed and healthy family-owned forestland.

The two organizations have established a memorandum of understanding that helps ensure well-managed forests for the benefit of wildlife and people who enjoy them.

“AFF and NWTF share a strong commitment to promoting and maintaining the health of our forests,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “This partnership will provide opportunities to strengthen our forests and the habitats they provide for wildlife, for sportsmen and for everyone to enjoy.”

The agreement establishes a partnership for cooperation and collaboration to promote active, responsible forest management and stewardship of family forests, particularly in overlapping focal areas between the AFF and the NWTF.

“Several recent studies have shown that one of the main reasons families own their land is to protect and improve wildlife habitat,” said Tom Martin, president and CEO of the AFF. “While some manage their land for wildlife habitat, a large percentage acknowledge they could be doing more. Through this partnership, our groups will work together to educate more family forest owners about the benefits of using sustainable forest management techniques on their land.”

This MOU provides a framework for cooperation and collaboration to:

  • Cooperatively deliver the positive impacts of sustainable forestry.
  • Conserve forested landscapes to maintain healthy forests, biological diversity and quality wildlife habitat for sustainable wildlife populations.
  • Restore ecosystems to their natural resiliency, through on-the-ground conservation.
  • Foster community outreach/educational opportunities to highlight the benefits of responsible forest management and wood procurement throughout the U.S.
  • Enhance recreational opportunities for all forest users by providing access and quality wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Invest in research, science and technology related to healthy forests as well as assign a designated liaison on a national level.
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