NWTF presents Michigan Sen. Deborah Stabenow with Government Partner Award – Outdoor News


Nashville, Tenn. — Michigan Sen. Deborah “Debbie” Stabenow was awarded the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Government Partner Award during the NWTF’s 48th annual Convention and Sport Show, sponsored by Mossy Oak.

“For more than 50 years, the National Wild Turkey Federation has been a leader in conservation, expanding wildlife habitat and improving access to outdoor recreation across the country,” Stabenow said. “I am proud to be your partner in our effort to protect wild spaces for future generations, and I am honored to receive this award.”

The NWTF’s policy work has been a linchpin in the organization’s ability to achieve its mission on federal, state and private lands across the country.

The NWTF’s work at the federal, and legislative level ensures funding and authorities are available to its biggest government partners, including the U.S. Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and others. The Government Partner Award recognizes a government employee(s) at the federal or state level, elected officials or policy professionals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in facilitating habitat conservation, furthering hunting heritage, effective partnership formation or conservation policy influence.


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Stabenow is an accomplished legislator at every level: local, state and federal. She was first elected as a county commissioner in Michigan, then served 11 years in the Michigan House of Representatives. She was elected to the Michigan Senate for a term, then was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and began serving on the Agriculture Committee, which she now leads in the Senate.

Stabenow regularly works across the aisle on both conservation and forestry issues through her leadership on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, where her primary focus has been conservation programs and specialty crop producers. She also serves on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sitting on the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife.

Some of her significant accomplishments

• Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to focus on safe water for recreation and drinking, invasive species control and protection of native habitat.

• Key supporter of making forestry a co-equal purpose of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program — a major NWTF priority.

• Author of Stop Invasive Species Act to prevent invasive species from entering U.S. water bodies.

• Co-author of the 2014 Farm Bill, which permanently reauthorized stewardship contracting; NWTF is now the national leader in stewardship contracting.

• Co-author of 2018 Farm Bill that expanded the forestry focus in all the Farm Bill working lands programs – CSP, EQIP, RCPP and ACEP, including removing the 10% cap on forestry spending in the CSP program.

• Author of the largest expansion of Farm Bill conservation funding through the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Senator Stabenow’s extensive contributions to our natural resources is far-reaching and has greatly enhanced our ability to deliver our mission,” NWTF co-CEO Kurt Dyroff said. “From tackling issues that benefit the NWTF’s Four Shared Values (clean water, healthy forests and wildlife habitat, resilient communities and robust recreational opportunities) to directly impacting wild turkey habitat through Farm Bill funded programs, Senator Stabenow has been a staunch supporter of conservation. We are proud to honor her efforts with our Government Partner Award.”

Source: https://www.outdoornews.com/2024/02/28/nwtf-presents-michigan-sen-deborah-stabenow-with-government-partner-award/