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Most Recent Report: Turkey Conservation
Date: August 14, 18

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The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) during the organization’s conservation forum and tour in Williamsburg, Va and I talked with Comm. Director Stephanie Addison.

The MOU between NACD and NWTF establishes an agreement to enhance the productivity of wild turkey and other wildlife habitats on private lands. Additionally, the agreement signifies the commitment both organizations share to collaborate on future engagements and events. Activities include wild turkey and habitat conservation projects, delivering education materials, habitat restoration, and developing habitat enhancement techniques.

“You can’t have a healthy turkey population without healthy forests,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “Today's signed agreement demonstrates the commitment both NACD and NWTF share in enhancing our natural resources, particularly through increasing forest health. This agreenment provides both entities with the unique ability to promote and implement conservation practices at the local level.”

“NWTF is well-respected partner with a network of a quarter-million members, many of whom are also members of NACD,” NACD Second Vice President Michael Crowder said. “This collaboration between our organizations solidifies the work we’ve already begun to accomplish in getting conservation on the ground. This relationship is important, and we’re excited about the opportunity to revive the agreement both organizations committed to over ten years ago.”

 

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TARGETED LISTENERS:
PRIMARY              ~ People who Hunt and Fish in the Northwest, from the novice to the guide.
SECONDARY      ~ People who might gain a better understanding of the outdoor sportsman through interesting stories and antidotes.
 
PROGRAM MISSION:  
To entertain and educate, thus creating a desire to go fishing, hunting and explore the outdoors.  In these short radio vignettes we take the listener on an audio adventure far away from their current environment, to a place they would rather be… The great outdoors!
 
THE HOST:  
Passion defines the work of David Sparks Ph.D., a veteran of television and host of Sportsman’s Spotlight.  David's resume includes features on the Outdoor Channel (winner of eight Telly Awards),  host and producer of ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, Jeep National Trails and a bevy of network television including  PM Magazine, NBC game shows and stints guest hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show. During David’s tenure with ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, he acquired hunting and fishing tips from the “Master” internationally famous outdoorsman/guide Wayne Pearson . “On location” took on a whole new meaning as the pair hunted game in various locations around the U.S.; from upland birds in the Dakotas to gators in Louisiana but it was David’s riveting quest for the great marlin in Puerto Rico and sword and sailfish in Venezuela that endeared him to his fans.  In addition to his wealth of television work David Sparks earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University and taught at the University of Washington.
Watch out!  David's enthusiasm for hunting and fishing is contagious, humorous and .....sometimes cantankerous but one thing for certain with Sparks it’s always entertaining and the spotlight is always on you the outdoorsman.
 
THE MARKET:    
 

State
% of population that fishes
Number of Anglers
% of population that hunts
Number of Hunters
Idaho
20%
206,000
11%
122,000
Oregon
17%
455,000
8%
218,000
Washington
14%
641,000
4%
179,000

 

State
Average dolla spent per Sportsman per year
Idaho
$1,392
Oregon
$1,763
Washington
$1,850

 
 

IDAHO
OREGON
WASHINGTON
Wildlife-Associated
Recreation Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $923 million)
 
Fishing Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $283 million)
 
Hunting Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $260 million)
 
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Oregon
(Total: $2.0 billion)
 
Fishing Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $497 million)
 
Hunting Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $374 million)
 
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Washington
(Total: $3.1 billion)
 
Fishing Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $905 million)
 
Hunting Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $313 million)

 
*National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, 2006 (FHWAR) http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html

 

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