St. Paul, Minn. –-(Ammoland.com)- Pheasant hunters and conservationists in Ramsey County, Minnesota, have formed the state’s newest Pheasants Forever (PF) chapter.
The Ramsey County Pheasants Forever chapter is committed to creating and improving habitat and giving youth opportunities to experience the outdoors. The chapter is led by longtime Pheasants Forever supporter and Pheasants Forever Patron Member Terry Johnson.
“While Pheasants Forever has over 600 chapters and 130,000 volunteers nationwide, we are proud to call Ramsey County home,” says Howard K. Vincent, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever (QF) President and CEO, “Terry is one of Pheasants Forever’s outstanding volunteers, so we couldn’t have been more pleased when he told us he wanted to start a Ramsey County chapter. I am confident that Terry’s enthusiasm and dedication to our conservation mission will prove successful for wildlife and volunteers in Ramsey County.”
Prior to Johnson starting the Ramsey County Pheasants Forever chapter, Ramsey County was under the leadership of the Washington/Ramsey County Pheasants Forever chapter. The chapter, now referred to as Washington County Pheasants Forever chapter, is led by Chapter President David Foster and continues to advance youth outdoor education and area conservation in Washington County.
Johnson, a civil engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, originally hails from Iowa, where he grew up hunting pheasant and quail. It wasn’t until Johnson moved to Minnesota 16 years ago that he was “truly introduced to the outdoors.” Johnson initially became involved with “The Habitat Organization” in 2003 after attending the organization’s first Pheasant Fest. Since then, he has been an active member of the Anoka County Pheasants Forever chapter, serving as an executive committee member.
One of the chapter’s goals is to increase membership within Ramsey County, particularly youth and urban participation.
“Rather than just read a magazine or watch a television show, I strongly believe that every person should become involved with the outdoors on some level,” says Johnson, “Conservation is for everyone; it’s unprejudiced. To be a conservationist, you just have to appreciate the wonder of the outdoors and all that it has to offer.”
“With Pheasants Forever’s ‘hometown’ recognition in Ramsey County, I am looking forward to working with the community in making the Ramsey County chapter the organization’s strongest grassroots chapter,” added Johnson.
Ramsey County Pheasants Forever’s first meeting is scheduled for 7:00pm, October 24 at Champps in Maplewood, located at 1734 Adolphus Street. The chapter welcomes all interested parties and volunteers. For more information regarding the chapter and its first meeting, please contact Terry Johnson at 612-747-6380 or Email Terry.
Minnesota is home to 25,000 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members and over 75 combined PF/QF chapters. For more information on “The Habitat Organization,” please contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever public relations specialist, at (651) 209-4973 or Email Rehan.
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 720 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.
Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.