Pheasants Forever in Wisconsin Celebrates Record Breaking 2014 Accomplishments

Local chapters hit new high, complete 9,489 acres of habitat projects in last fiscal year

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Baraboo, WI -(Ammoland.com)- Pheasants Forever improved habitat for pheasants and other upland wildlife on more than 15,000 acres in Wisconsin in 2014.

This includes 580 wildlife habitat projects completed by the state’s 32 chapters that improved a record breaking 9,489 acres for wildlife, and 5,692 acres impacted by Pheasants Forever’s Farm Bill biologist program.

“Setting a new record for habitat achievements in 2014 is a testament to the volunteer efforts and dedication of our chapters in Wisconsin,” commented Doug Fendry, Pheasants Forever’s regional representative for Wisconsin. “Wisconsin chapters have a unified voice for upland hunting and a vision for the future of this outdoor tradition in the state. I look forward to working with our local volunteers to impact even more acres in 2015.”

Pheasants Forever in Wisconsin 2014 Chapter Habitat Accomplishments:

Type of Project 2014 Projects 2014 Acres Historical Project Totals Total Acres Benefited
Food Plots 444 2,997 14,025 74,060
Land Acquisitions 4* 1,161* 50* 6,674*
Nesting Cover 43 1,585 2,903 47,626
Winter Cover 1 7 2,765 2,253
Wetland Restorations 1 1,000 234 2,636
Management 87 2,739 835 21,929
Totals 580 9,489 20,812 155,179

Additionally, Pheasants Forever’s six Farm Bill wildlife biologists in Wisconsin worked in partnership with 539 Wisconsin landowners and farmers to enroll more than 5,500 acres of habitat into federal and statewide habitat conservation programs (e.g. Conservation Reserve Program). These biologists also provided conservation technical assistance to impact nearly 3,000 additional acres not enrolled into federal or state programs.

Pheasants Forever in Wisconsin 2014 Award Winners:

  • Chapter of the Year – Fox River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Conservationist of the Year – Brian Buenzow, Rock River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Habitat Chapter of the Year – Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Youth Education Chapter of the Year – Sheboygan/Manitowoc Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Land Policy Chapter of the Year – Racine Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Conservation Excellence Award – Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Conservation Excellence Award – Red Cedar Men’s Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Fresh Feather Award – Spencer Atkinson, Columbia/Marquette Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • 30-year Award – Indianhead Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Legislative Action Sharp Shooter Award – Racine County Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Habitat Sharp Shooter Award – Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Habitat Sharp Shooter Award – Rock River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Youth Education Sharp Shooter Award – Jefferson County Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Youth Education Sharp Shooter Award – Center State Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Dedication Awards for Chapter Volunteers
  • Bill Dabbs – Columbia/Marquette County Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Tim Schultz – Chippewa Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever
  • Maynard Benson – Sauk County Chapter of Pheasants Forever

For more information, please contact Doug Fendry at (608) 843-7999 / [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 Wisconsin:
  • Wisconsin’s 32 Pheasants Forever chapters account for over 8,500 members statewide. Those chapters have spent over $10 million to complete 20,812 habitat projects since the first Wisconsin chapter was formed. Those projects have improved over 155,000 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.