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ROTARY MEETING: Travis Sumner, National Wild Turkey Federation
February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
In 1973, the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in Fredericksburg, Va., as a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation and education organization with a mission dedicated to conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of our hunting heritage. Shortly thereafter the NWTF relocated to Edgefield, S.C., where it’s still headquartered today. At the time the NWTF was established, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America, thanks to the efforts of state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and its members and partners. Growth and progress define the NWTF as it has expanded from 1,300 members in 1973 to more than 250,000 today. With that growth has come impressive strides in wildlife management as the NWTF has forged dynamic partnerships across the country to further its conservation mission. Together, the NWTF’s partners, sponsors and grassroots members have raised and spent more than $372 million upholding hunting traditions and conserving nearly 17 million acres of wildlife habitat. While wild turkey restoration is nearing completion, the NWTF still has much work to do. Across North America, supporters are working to enhance habitat for wild turkeys and other wildlife while providing hunters with more opportunities and access to public and private land. In addition, NWTF volunteers and partners are introducing youth, women and people with disabilities to the outdoors through special educational events.
14 years with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources . Wildlife Management. 9 years Milliken Forestry Company . Columbia , S.C. Wildlife Manager and Prescribed Fire Coordinator. Certified Lands Inspector QDMA, Deer Stewardship 1, ODMA, Certified Prescribed Fire Manager. Pro Staff Mossy Oak, Primos Hunting. Cabelas Outdoor Hunting Pro Staff US Army and US Army Reserve Infantryman . Currently with the National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Center and Habitat Manger. Hunter Safety Education Instructor. Working with our Hunting Heritage Team promoting Learn to Hunt and Mentored Hunt programs.