In Kansas, four conservation groups have partnered to acquire and open the new 484-acre Blue Valley Wildlife Area. As part of a joint habitat protection program, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism provided funding and support to make the acquisition possible, and the permanent protection of the tall-grass prairie will benefit turkeys, pheasants, quail, and prairie chickens.

According to the Topeka-Capital Journal, this historic land conservation partnership also enables better access to an additional 550 acres of the Tuttle Creek Wildlife Area (TCWA) formerly locked in by private land. The public land complex in Pottawatomie County now encompasses more than 12,600 acres open to hunters. The newly-acquired tract will be managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism under the TCWA’s management plan. A ceremony was held to dedicate the land on October 13.