Officially known as the Lyon County Chapter of Quail Forever, the new committee is focusing time and resources on the habitat requirements of bobwhite quail in Lyon County and surrounding areas.
“Simply stated, the Lyon County Chapter of Quail Forever is a dedicated group of volunteers who are deeply rooted in the traditions of Kansas quail hunting,” said Marc Glades, south region field manager for Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever. “The local leadership for the chapter is outstanding and we look forward to working with them as the newest addition to ‘The Habitat Organization'.”
Located in the Flint Hills region of Kansas, an area well-known for its tall-grass prairie and historical abundance of upland game birds, the Lyon County Chapter of Quail Forever has formed amidst encouraging signs for bobwhite quail. Recovering from historic low populations due to drought conditions plaguing the state since 2012, areas within and surrounding Lyon County posted a 127 percent increase in the state’s quail index compared to 2013. Boasting the highest population densities of quail in the state, the Lyon County Chapter of Quail Forever is eager to build upon this positive trend.
“Quail hunting is an annual ritual in this area of Kansas, something which our chapter and local residents are very passionate about,” said Nik Roth, elected president for the Lyon County Chapter of Quail Forever. “We are excited to act as a resource for local farmers and landowners who are making an effort to foster bobwhite quail numbers. Our chapter would like to extend a warm welcome to any new committee members interested in joining our wildlife efforts. We want this to be a community endeavor.”
Lyon County Chapter of Quail Forever
- The Lyon County Chapter of Quail Forever chapter has elected Nik Roth of Emporia as president and banquet chair, Justin Anderson of Hartford as habitat chair, Dan Johnson of Americus as treasurer, and Steven Foster of Emporia as youth/education chair.
- The local chapter is planning to host their annual membership fundraising banquet on January 31, 2015, at the American Legion in Emporia, Kansas, starting at 5:00 p.m.
- Chapter volunteers will be meeting throughout the month of January in preparation for their annual fundraiser. For more information about the chapter or to become involved, please contact chapter president, Nik Roth, at (620) 794-3998 / email.
Quail Forever in Kansas
- Quail Forever is the quail division of Pheasants Forever. Kansas is home to 10 Quail Forever chapters, 39 Pheasants Forever chapters and 6,500 members of “The Habitat Organization.” For more information about Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever in Kansas, contact Marc Glades at (620) 218-0557 / email.
About Quail Forever
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 140,000 members and 700 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. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has spent $508 million on 475,000 habitat projects benefiting 10 million acres nationwide.