Group providing funds for habitat development statewide

PRATT -- The Kansas Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has approved a number of projects designed to improve wildlife habitat throughout the state. Called the Hunting Heritage Super Fund proposals, these allocations had been evaluated and ranked earlier by the group's Super Fund Committee.

The following proposals will be undertaken pending the availability of funds:

  • Pratt Sandhills Wildlife Area -- prairie restoration by removing eastern red cedar, $3,000;
  • Cimarron National Grasslands -- renovation of seep pits for wildlife water sources, $2,860;
  • Council Grove Wildlife Area -- bottomland hardwood restoration in retired agricultural fields, $1,040;
  • Kaw Wildlife Area -- gate and material purchase for adjacent Walk-in-Turkey-Hunting Area, $500;
  • Perry Wildlife Area -- native grassland restoration, $3,000;
  • Marion Wildlife Area -- native grassland restoration, $3,000;
  • Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Region 5 -- purchase of robotic turkey decoy for law enforcement, $800;
  • Statewide -- funds for 4,000 additional acres of Spring Wild Turkey Walk-In Hunting Areas, $3,200;
  • Cimarron National Grasslands -- riparian restoration by salt cedar removal, $2,500;
  • Flint Hills National Wildlife Refuge -- bottomland hardwood restoration in retired agricultural fields, $1,500; and
  • Fort Riley -- prescribed burning equipment purchase to be shared with Milford Wildlife Area, $2,500.

The group funded two additional projects through NWTF’s Southern Great Plains Riparian Initiative. At Meade Wildlife Area, riparian areas were restored by removal of invasive woody species at a cost of $2,500 At Byron Walker Wildlife Area, a similar project was conducted costing $3,000.