Biologists to provide free land management plans in Illinois

Contact: John Kube, (217) 632-2441 for a free, professionally written wildlife land management plan for landowners in 10 central Illinois counties

Landowners with more than 10 acres in central Illinois are eligible for free, customized wildlife management plans written by certified wildlife biologists—all they have to do is call.

To help landowners improve wildlife habitat on private property, the National Wild Turkey Federation and Natural Resources Conservation Service have teamed up to write individual wildlife land management plans.

“More than 75 percent of Illinois is farm land,” said Bryan Burhans, NWTF’s director of land management programs. “But only 5 percent of landowners in the state have a written wildlife land management plan for their property. Landowners want to know how to improve wildlife habitat, we’re working to teach them how.”

Landowners in Menard, Sangamon, Macon, Platt, Christian, Moultrie, Coles, Shelby, Fayette and Clinton counties are eligible for the plans. Those selected will meet with an NWTF biologist to tour the property and identify ways to manage their property. After the tour, the biologist will develop a specific wildlife management plan the owner or manager can follow.

“We’re making this offer to all types of landowners,” said Burhans. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a full-time farmer who wants to know how to improve your farm for wildlife or if you have property where wildlife is your top priority. We’ll develop the plan based on the landowner’s objectives for the land—all they have to do is call.”

For more information about receiving a land management plan, contact John Kube at (217) 632-2441. For more information about Wild Turkey Woodlands Field Days or the NWTF, contact Bryan Burhans at (800) THE-NWTF, e-mail him at or visit the NWTF Web site at

About the NWTF

In 1973, when the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded, there were an estimated 1.3 million wild turkeys and 1.5 million turkey hunters. Thanks to the work of wildlife agencies and the NWTF’s many volunteers and partners, today there are nearly 7 million wild turkeys and nearly 3 million turkey hunters. Since 1985, more than $202 million NWTF and cooperator dollars have been spent on more than 31,000 projects benefiting wild turkeys throughout North America.

The NWTF is a nonprofit organization with nearly 525,000 members in 50 states and 19 foreign countries. It supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands as well as wild turkey hunting as a traditional North American sport.

For more information on the National Wild Turkey Federation, call (803) 637-3106, check out our Web site at or e-mail questions to

From the July 20-26, 2005, issue

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