Committee members focused on wildlife habitat improvements, outdoor education for youth
Pittsburgh, PA -(AmmoLand.com)- Pheasants Forever has increased its presence in Pennsylvania with a new chapter start in Allegheny County.
Known as the Greater Allegheny Chapter of Pheasants Forever, the group will focus on restoring upland habitat for pheasants and other wildlife, while educating younger generations on the importance of wildlife habitat conservation.
“Pheasants Forever's No Child Left Indoors Initiative has become a main focus of our chapter here in Allegheny,” stated chapter president, Mark Rozum. “We believe that young people will determine the future of our state's wildlife and it is our personal mission to give them an opportunity to experience the outdoors while learning about the importance of habitat conservation.”
Pheasant populations in Pennsylvania have been on the decline for a number of years, making the restoration of wildlife habitat throughout the state more vital than ever. According to the Northeast Upland Game Bird Technical Committee report for 2015, the primary causes for these declines can be attributed to loss of farmland habitat and intensification of agricultural practices on remaining cropland acres. Pheasants Forever chapters in the state are working to confront these issues by continuing restoration of wild birds in designated recovery areas, contributing local funding towards sound habitat management practices, and encouraging bird hunters to have a voice for upland wildlife.
Greater Allegheny Pheasants Forever Chapter:
- The Greater Allegheny Chapter of Pheasants Forever has elected Mark Rozum of McDonald as president, Christopher Trunick of Sewickley as Treasurer, Peter Beaulieu of Pittsburgh as banquet chair, and Nick Kocuba of Bulger as youth/education coordinator.
- For more information about the chapter or to become involved, please contact chapter president, Mark Rozum, at (412) 216-5786 / email.
- The chapter will hold its next meeting on Monday, December 14, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Moon Township Gander Mountain (2400 Market Place Blvd – Moon Township, PA 15108). Hunters and conservationists interested in joining the chapter as a volunteer are encouraged to attend.
Pheasants Forever in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania is home to 13 chapters of Pheasants Forever, one chapter of Quail Forever, and over 2,500 members of the “The Habitat Organization.” For more information about Pheasants Forever in Pennsylvania, contact Charlie Payne at (614) 632-8393 or email.
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 $577 million on 489,000 habitat projects benefiting 12 million acres nationwide.