NEW YORK –(Ammoland.com)- On Saturday, May 31 Field & Stream will join volunteers led by the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) to improve wildlife habitat all while enjoying a family-friendly campout near Salt Lake City, as part of the magazine’s Hero for a Day program.
The magazine will be filming the project, to highlight the work of the volunteers and the area’s outdoor opportunities. It will be broadcast on Field & Stream's website, a top destination for sportsmen, as part of a ten-video series.
Now in its fourth year, Field & Stream’s Hero for a Day program, with the support of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., works to connect volunteers with conservation workdays across the country and raise awareness of the local efforts of conservationists.
The projects serve as a unique opportunity for residents to take action in sustaining and protecting fish, wildlife, and habitat in their area. Field & Stream spotlights ten Hero for a Day projects each year, reporting on the efforts in the magazine and online.
“The Hero for a Day program lets Field & Stream readers invest in their passion for hunting and fishing by helping to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat,” said Mike Toth, executive editor of Field & Stream. “It’s a great opportunity to meet some of the nation’s most passionate conservationists, reconnect with the outdoors, roll up your sleeves and make a big difference in your community all with just a single day’s work.”
Public lands, like Utah's Santaquin Wildlife Management Area outside of Salt Lake City, are a special resource for outdoorsmen, but agencies tasked with managing them can't do it alone. That's why, for the second year, the Utah County Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation is inviting families from MDF groups across the region to come camp out for the weekend, put in a Saturday's worth of work, and enjoy some fun activities and good food while they're at it.
“We here at the Utah County Chapter and the National Headquarters of the Mule Deer Foundation are very excited about our partnership with Field & Stream and the Hero for a Day program,” said Jeremy Anderson, Utah State Chair of the Mule Deer Foundation.
“We are humbled to be asked to showcase something we feel is a necessity for our mule deer herds. Mule deer are the only big game animal in North America decreasing in numbers. They need our help, and that is why we raise these funds so that we can conserve and ensure their habitat. The only way to help is to be proactive with these conservation projects and we are honored Field & Stream wants to be part of the restoration of the Santaquin Wildlife Management Area here in Utah.”
In this Hero for a Day workday, volunteers will install fencing and gates that will help protect mule deer wintering areas from OHV users in Santaquin WMA. Trained sawyers will cut down encroaching juniper trees and volunteers will remove the pieces. Meanwhile, other groups of volunteers will install a wildlife water guzzler, remove trash from a shooting area, and use seeders to replant a burn scar. At the end of the day, volunteers can enjoy the MDF's MULEY archery program trailer and air rifle course while chowing down on some hard-earned barbeque.
Hero for a Day is an extension of Field & Stream’s Heroes of Conservation initiative, now in its ninth year, in which the magazine identifies and profiles three exceptional conservation volunteers in each of nine issues, and awards these volunteers with a $500 grant from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Six Heroes finalists will be selected and awarded $5,000 grants at the Heroes of Conservation Award Gala in the fall, and the 2014 Conservation Hero of the Year will win a new Toyota Tundra pickup truck.
“Toyota admires the important environmental work these volunteers are doing and are committed to lending our support to help these individuals make a difference in their communities,” said Steve Appelbaum, national engagement marketing manager for Toyota.
INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERS:
DATE: Saturday, May 31
TIME: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with evening camping available afterwards. Rain or shine
LOCATION: Santaquin Wildlife Management Area south of Provo.
Parking, registration, camping, and the thank you BBQ are all taking place at the same location—look for MDF signage. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.
ATTIRE: Dress for the weather with closed toed shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirts, and gloves.
A limited number of Field & Stream/Toyota gift bags will be available for volunteers and one volunteer will receive a $100 gift card. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to enter the drawing.
ABOUT FIELD & STREAM
Field & Stream, The World’s Leading Outdoor Magazine, is the world’s largest and most recognized outdoor publication. Devoted to the complete outdoor experience and lifestyle, Field & Stream gives its readers the knowledge and inspiration to pursue the sports they love. It celebrates the outdoor experience with great stories, compelling photography, and sound advice, while honoring the traditions hunters and fishermen have passed down for generations. Established in 1895, Field & Stream is the country’s largest-circulation special-interest magazine and is published 11 times per year by Bonnier Corporation. Bonnier is one of the largest consumer publishing groups in the United States and the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, with more than 40 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events.
Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through its Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, the company has built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where Toyota operates 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). The company’s 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
The Mule Deer Foundation is the only conservation group in North America dedicated to restoring, improving and protecting mule deer and black-tailed deer and their habitat, with a focus on science and program efficiency. MDF is a strong voice for hunters in access, wildlife management and conservation policy issues. MDF acknowledges regulated hunting as a viable management component and is committed to recruitment and retention of youth into the shooting sports and conservation.