Quail Forever Pays Landowners to Establish Nesting Cover

Quail Forever Pays Landowners to Establish Nesting Cover

Petersburg – -(OutDoorWire.com)-The local Menard County chapter of Quail Forever announces the new Grassland Enhancement and Restoration Initiative (GERI), which provides assistance to landowners in Menard County interested in establishing upland nesting cover. Quality grassland habitat is the most limiting factor affecting quail populations in Illinois and across their range.

Sliding commodity prices, increased input costs and lower productivity along field edges make the USDA CP33 field borders practice attractive to many landowners, especially those who are also interested in conservation. CP33 provides a $100/acre sign up incentive payment, 50% cost share and a 40% practice incentive payment. GERI can pick up the landowners remaining 10% of out-of-pocket costs for establishment. GERI can also provide 100% cost share on establishment of warm season grassland on acres that do not qualify for existing farm programs. Landowners can use it for round outs on other CRP practices, pivot corners and small, odd-shaped fields. Funding will be distributed to landowners on a first come, first serve basis.

Funding for this new program is a combination of proceeds from fundraising efforts by the local Quail Forever chapter and a Department of Natural Resources grant through the Illinois Habitat Fund.

A brochure detailing the GERI is available at the Menard County Soil and Water Conservation District and on the local Quail Forever chapter website (www.prairierockets.org). Landowners interested in establishing quail habitat and learning more about available programs should call (632-7590) or stop in at the Menard Soil and Water Conservation District, located at 17781 Village Green Road in Petersburg.

Quail Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of quail, pheasants and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs. Its unique model ensures that 100% of all the funds raised locally is spent by the local chapter. The local Prairie Rockets Quail Forever serves Menard County and will be holding its annual fundraising banquet on January 31, 2009 at the Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford. All are encouraged to attend.

To learn more about the local Quail Forever banquet or quail habitat, visit their website at www.prairierockets.org or call Aaron at 635-5207.

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