New Jersey State Chapter
of the
National Wild Turkey Federation

Conservation Projects


Thunder Mountain Project     Landis Quail Project    
Conservation Seed Program     Seed Subsidy Program


2021 CONSERVATION SEED PROGRAM
The NWTF Conservation Seed program provides surplus seed to conservation groups and private individuals to use the seed for wildlife use. The only restriction is that the seed cannot be harvested or used for livestock feed.

The seed can be used in fallow fields, or along the edges of active fields, but cannot be harvested.


The NWTF has acquired a number of loads of surplus RR (RoundupReady) corn from Dow AgroSciences and will start shipping to chapters in February. RR Corn seed can be planted and then the ground can be treated with "roundup". The Roundup will kill the weeds but not the corn. A fifty-pound bag of this seed can cover approx 2 acres.

NO CONSERVATION SEED FOR NEW JERSEY

In New Jersey we usually get our Conservation Seed via the Pennsylvania Chapter order. However, due to the difficulties in getting the seed to New Jersey, The State Chapter has opted to not participate in the program.
2021 SEED SUBSIDY PROGRAM
Greetings to all NJ NWTF members.

The NWTF Seed Subsidy program provides new seed for food plots for NWTF Members. This program is administered by National, but the seed is limited to the amount allocated from your State Chapter's Superfund by the State Chapter. Each State Chapter sets a budget for the year in which it wants to participate in the program.

Due to the Covid-19 impact on the NWTF, the subsidy has been reduced to 15% from the normal 50% applied in the past. The NJ State Chapter has allocated $500 towards the subsidy. The budget subsidizes 15% off the cost of one bag per member, but unlimited amounts of non-subsidized seed (limited by quantities available, first come, first served basis) can be purchased.


Price per bag includes delivery to your door.

2021 Seed Subsidy Allocation
Name Type Reg. Price Subidized Price: Quantity: Coverage:
Turkey Gold™ Chufa Annual Grass/Legume $80 $68 50 Lb Bag 1 Acre
Chufa should only be used in southern New Jersey, in general from Route 70 south. Chufa does well in sandy soils but not in the heavier soils of the inner coastal plain, highlands and piedmont of New Jersey.
NWTF Wildlife Buffet Mix of Annuals and Perrenials $56 $48 25 Lb Bag 1 Acre
Eagle Seed NWTF Wildlife Buffet easily establishes for season-long attraction. The blend contains the top summer planted legumes, sunflowers and hybrid millets: Pearl Millet, Proso Millet, WGM Sorghum, Forge Soybean, Buckwheat, Red Pepper Cowpea, Peredovic or Black Oil Sunflower.
Buckwheat Annual $99 $84 25 Lb Bag 1 Acre
Triple-Mix Clover Mix of a Perennial and Two Annual Clovers $58 $49 9 Lb Bag 1 Acre
NWTF Biologic Clover Plus Chickory Perennnials
Mix of New Zealand Red and White Clovers and Chicory
TBA ?? 9 Lb Bag 1 Acre
Northeast Upland Mix* Perennnials Mix $95 $81 5 Lb Bag 1 Acre
*The NE Upland Mix contains warm season grass and forb seeds- they are very light and very expensive because of the costs involved with harvesting and processing the seed. You do not need lots of seed of those varieties to cover an acre.

The New Jersey State Chapter has set a budget of $500 in subsidy funds at our January meeting. These funds would be available only on a first-come, first-served basis, and
once these funds are used up, the subsidy program for 2021 is over in New Jersey.

To purchase this seed, members must still go to
NWTF Seed Subsidy Sign In Page .
You will need your Membership No, Name and Address as it appears on your membership card or your Turkey Country Magazine. Both subsidized and non-subsidized seed must be ordered on the same form, and cannot be ordered from a state in which they do not live.

Again, this is first-come, first-served.



Sincerely,

Lou Gambale
Lou Gambale
New Jersey State Chapter President
National Wild Turkey Federation

For more information, please visit the NWTF website, or contact:
Bob Eriksen
27 Canterbury Road, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
908-319-6968
boberiksen1023@gmail.com

THUNDER MOUNTAIN HABITAT PROJECT
The NJ State Chapter has been maintaining approximately 35 acres of meadows in the federal lands of the Delaware Gap, National Recreation Area, near Walpack. These meadows are fallow farm fields that would revert to hardwoods if they were not maintained.

Working in conjunction with federal and state wildlife personnel, volunteers from the NWTF have been maintaining the meadows with brush hogs, chain saws, and clippers for the past several years. The volunteers get together about twice a year to remove and clear heavy brush and woody plants that would eventually close the meadows.

Turkeys and other wildlife benefit from meadows due to the grasses and insects that thrive there. Additionally, other animals benefit from the 'edge' effect along the outside of these meadows as light is able to benefit plants inside the treeline that would normaly be shaded by the larger trees.

2021 SPRING SCHEDULE
REGULAR WORK PARTY

Tentatively Scheduled for a Weekday in early March with a rain date a week later if the Walkill NWR Staff is available to help.

The "powers that be" so to speak, have basically made it impossible for NWTF volunteers to work with chainsaws on Federal Lands. At this point, we may have to abandon the project we have strived to maintain over these past 30-plus years.

With a Weekday Date, our only hope is the manpower of the Walkill NWR staff, with Chainsaw Qualifications. If we have the work party, NWTF volunteers will be able to move cut brush, but we will not be able to use any power equiments at all.

We will keep you posted. Ray Eriksen, Thunder Mountain Chair

2014-2020
LANDIS SEWERAGE AUTHORITY
QUAIL HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT
In 2014 the Landis Sewerage Authority, working with the Division of Fish and Wildlife on a quail habitat restoration project, sought funding from the New Jersey State Chapter of the NWTF. The project involves the restoration of approx 300 acres of prime Quail habitat by the planting of various perennial grass seed/wildflower mixes.

Taking the lead on the NWTF's Save the Habitat/Save the Hunt initiative, Lou Gambale of the Tri-County Longbeards Chapter presented the project to the State Board.

The Board subsequenty allocated $3000 of Superfund Monies to the project with certain restrictions to help reduce the costs of the project and to put the NWTF in charge of the project. Shortly thereafter, several conservation groups* donated to the NWTF's superfund to support this project. Through NWTF contacts the price of the seed purchased cost significantly less than the proposed purchase price presented.

The LSA project is an long-term project that was schedueled for at least 5 years.

The Project is now in its SEVENTH YEAR
And Still Has the Full Support NJ State Chapter of the NWTF


*Groups partnered in the LSA Quail Habitat Project:

WALKILL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Habitat Improvement Project
Our final habitat project for 2014 came as a result of planning by the Kittatinny Gobblers and Highlands Chapters to support special hunts on the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge in Sussex County. The US Fish and Wildlife Service staff on the refuge asked if our chapters could help with special hunts for young hunters and disabled individuals. A new property was acquired by the refuge that needed some extensive work to enhance habitat. Our Super Fund Committee approved another $3,000 expenditure to provide seed to plant 30 acres of warm season grasses, forbs and wildflowers.
2005 GOBBLER MORTALITY STUDY
Funded by SuperFund Grants, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife conducted a multi-year study on gobbler mortality in New Jersey. Fifty gobblers were captured and fitted with radio transmitters. Tim Blum, our current Chapter President, and Jim Salt, our new Vice President assisted in the study, locating the birds to check on mortality rates.

The study revealed some very interesting data:

Approximately half of the tagged birds survive each year.
Losses have occured due to predation by coyotes, raptors, hunters and poachers.

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