Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Announce 2014 Iowa Habitat Accomplishments & Awards

Hawkeye State continues trend of most local chapters in the nation, tops 1.1 million in historical habitat acres impacted

Photo Credit: Todd Sauers - Members from the Northern Polk Chapter of Pheasants Forever are all smiles after accepting the Chapter of the Year award for Iowa's southern region.
Members from the Northern Polk Chapter of Pheasants Forever are all smiles after accepting the Chapter of the Year award for Iowa’s southern region. -Photo Credit: Todd Sauers
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Des Moines, IA -(Ammoland.com)- Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever improved habitat for pheasants and other upland wildlife on more than 39,000 acres in Iowa in 2014.

This includes 2,842 wildlife habitat projects completed by the state’s 103 chapters that improved 25,573 acres for wildlife, as well as 13,558 acres impacted by Pheasants Forever’s Farm Bill biologist program.

“Iowa chapters continue to be adamant supporters of our overarching mission for increased wildlife habitat conservation efforts throughout the state,” stated Brice Morris, Pheasants Forever’s regional representative for northern Iowa. “All of our volunteers are ready to embrace the challenges and victories that will unfold in the coming year, and we hope to make an even larger impact in 2015.”

Additionally, Pheasants Forever’s six Farm Bill wildlife biologists in Iowa worked in partnership with 4,259 Iowa landowners and farmers to enroll more than 13,000 acres of habitat into federal and statewide habitat conservation programs (e.g. Conservation Reserve Program). These biologists also provided conservation technical assistance to impact over 22,000 additional acres not enrolled into federal or state programs.

Pheasants Forever in Iowa 2014 Award Winners

  • Chapter of the Year (North) – Winnebago/Hancock Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Chapter of the Year (South) – Northern Polk Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Iowa Volunteer of the Year (North) – Tim Fiedler, Dubuqueland Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Iowa Volunteer of the Year (South) – Chris Lee, Aldo Leopold Chapter of Pheasants Forever

Conservation Excellence Awards – Top Achievement for Chapters Funding Habitat Conservation (Historical)

  • Clayton County Chapter of Pheasants Forever – $1 million
  • Delaware County Chapter of Pheasants Forever – $1 million
  • Humboldt County Chapter of Pheasants Forever – $250,000

For more information, please contact Brice Morris at (515) 360-8712 / [email protected] For all other inquiries, please contact Jared Wiklund, Pheasants Forever’s public relations specialist at (651) 209-4953 / [email protected]

Pheasants Forever in Iowa

Iowa’s 100 Pheasants Forever chapters and three Quail Forever chapters account for 19,000 members statewide. Those chapters have spent $47 million to complete 114,566 habitat projects since the first Iowa chapter formed in 1982. Those projects have improved over 1.1 million acres for wildlife habitat conservation in the state.

About Pheasants 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 has spent $508 million on 475,000 habitat projects benefiting 10 million acres nationwide.

For more information, please visit www.PheasantsForever.org and www.QuailForever.org.