Local turkey chapter seeks new members

Wild turkey restoration is for all ages. The Western Slope Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is seeking new members to assist in turkey restoration and conservation efforts.

The return of the wild turkey to today’s population numbers is a remarkable conservation story.

Once numbering fewer than 30,000, today it’s estimated more than 7 million turkeys are spread across habitat in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

One of the biggest elements behind the turkey’s recovery is the work of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a nonprofit conservation and hunting organization whose members have raised more than $421 million and volunteered countless hours helping restore wild turkey populations throughout North America.

The Western Slope Chapter of the NWTF is looking for new committee members to help in conservation and education efforts.

The Western Slope Chapter has been involved in turkey and upland game-animal conservation, plus women’s and youth hunting events and 4-H Club shooting sports.

However, as with any volunteer group, time and natural attrition take a toll, and new energy and enthusiasm will continue the local chapter’s drive to restore and protect wild turkeys and their habitat.

The chapter will host a get-together for interested members at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Northwest Region headquarters, 711 Independence Ave.

For more information, call Russ Means, 970-257-7277.


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