The NWTF has Memorandums Of Understanding with all 50 state wildlife agencies, which serve as a framework for working cooperatively on projects of joint benefit. States can offer assistance in a variety of areas, including:

  • providing locations to hold events/hunts,
  • staff to serve as instructors or guides,
  • equipment for use at events or to complete accessibility projects,
  • helping publicize the event,
  • proving staff to help complete projects.

“If you have a personal contact within an agency, it is always best to start there when seeking assistance,” said Illana Burkhart, Wheelin’ Sportsmen national coordinator. “Employees at the local offices are the ones who drive projects and can help you get assistance from higher up. Without their buy-in, you won’t be able to successfully hold the event or complete the project.”

Burkhart also suggests contacting your NWTF regional biologist or regional director for help getting in touch with the right people within the agency. They will be happy to review your project and help make sure you are working with the proper people.

For Wheelin’ specific projects

Twenty-one states also have agreements that contain specific provisions regarding helping people with disabilities through working with the NWTF on Wheelin’ Sportsmen projects.


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Team Up to Get the Job Done

Teamwork, persistence, and patience made the Alice Waterfowl Production Area Wetland and Waterfowl Trail a reality.

Built to Americans with Disabilities Act specifications, the access trail, as well as the wildlife observation and hunting blinds, underscore how local nonprofit conservation groups can work with state and federal agencies on projects.

Cass County Wildlife Club members Jim Schmitt and Bill Radermacher, both of Casselton, N.D., offer advice from their experience:

And maintain relationships...

In spring 2009, floods damaged much of southeastern North Dakota, including the Wetland and Waterfowl Trail on the Alice WPA. It’s important for local clubs to maintain good relationships with the agencies they worked with on a project, even after it’s complete. Eventually, wear over time, acts of God, or general upkeep may necessitate getting the team together again.