posted on December 08, 2006 00:00
Farming for Pheasants in Idaho
PF and Idaho Department of Fish & Game Partner to Improve Wildlife Habitat
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bob St.Pierre (877)773-2070
Saint Paul, Minn. - September 7th -
Pheasants Forever (PF) announces a new partnership with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game to improve upland wildlife habitat in the state. Through the partnership, Craig Holmberg will become an employee of both organizations. Holmberg’s duties will focus on establishing pheasant and quail habitat in Nez Perce and Latah Counties.
“Idaho may be considered by many to be a big game state, but the state’s agricultural lands can also be very productive for pheasants and quail,” reported Jim Teare, Farm Bill coordinator and habitat biologist with the Department. “Craig’s addition will help us fill in all the gaps from a landowner’s conservation planning stage to the actual planting of trees for winter cover and native grasses for nesting habitat. He provides the time and expertise that will jump our efforts to the next gear.”
Holmberg has been employed by the Department as a habitat technician since last October. The partnership with PF and the Northern Idaho Chapter of PF allows for Holmberg to work on Idaho’s upland habitat projects year round. His duties will concentrate on working with farmers and landowners in the state’s Clearwater Pheasant Initiative (CPI) area. Since its creation in 2002, CPI has helped create 10,500 acres of nesting cover, 6,500 acres of stubble habitat, 400 acres of food plots, 400 acres of woody cover, and 650 acres of riparian buffers. Those projects have been accomplished in cooperation with over 400 landowners. Most of those projects are in Nez Perce and Latah Counties.
“We have a secret gem in Idaho. That gem is our bird hunting opportunities,” explained Gabe McMasters, PF’s regional biologist in northern Idaho. Idaho hunters harvested nearly 100,000 roosters and 179,000 quail last season. “This new partnership is the result of the Department’s vision and the Northern Idaho Chapter’s dedication to local habitat results.”
Teare echoed the local theme, saying “At the Department, Pheasants Forever was a natural partner for this project. Locally raised dollars go right back into the local ground. That’s a big advantage and something Idaho landowners believe in as well.”
PF and its quail division, Quail Forever (QF), empower local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds will be spent. QF and PF are the only national conservation organizations that operate through this truly grassroots structure. This local control allows members to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities, while belonging to a national organization with a voice on federal conservation policy in Washington D.C. Idaho’s ten PF chapters have spent $2 million dollars on over 4,000 habitat projects in the state since the state’s first PF chapter was formed in 1987. Today, those projects are benefiting more than 67,000 acres for pheasants, quail, and other wildlife.
Holmberg is a Spencer, Iowa native. He graduated with a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries resources from the University of Idaho. He is an avid sportsman and considers the new position to be his “dream job.” Holmberg makes his home in Lewiston, Idaho. He can be reached at (208)790-2456 or email@example.com.
To learn more about PF in Idaho, contact Gabe McMasters at (208)285-1014 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cade Powell at (208)523-3219 / email@example.com.
Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of quail and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike.
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