posted on August 24, 2004 00:00
Michigan Pheasants Forever Announces 2003 Habitat Accomplishments
Michigan State Pheasants Forever Meetings this Weekend in Lansing
St. Paul, Minn. - January 14, 2004 - Pheasants Forever announces Michigan habitat accomplishments as chapter leaders across the state gather in Lansing for annual state meetings this weekend. Meetings will focus on all aspects of increasing and improving pheasant habitat in Michigan. There will also be sessions on Michigan's proposed dove hunting season, Farm Bill conservation programs available to landowners, and dog training.
In conjunction with the meetings, Michigan Pheasants Forever has announced statistics on their habitat work accomplished in 2003. Michigan's 38 Pheasants Forever chapters completed a total of 3,367 projects across Michigan in 2003, which are now providing more than 21,000 acres of wildlife habitat. Following are details of Michigan's 2003 project totals:
2,340 food plot projects covered 14,934 acres
939 nesting cover projects added 5,478 acres
30 wetland restorations covered 257 acres
39 habitat maintenance projects accounted for 489 acres
19 winter cover projects planted 8,445 trees and shrubs
Pheasants Forever got its start in Michigan with the creation of the Jackson County chapter in 1986. Since that time, Pheasants Forever has grown to 38 chapters and more than 8,700 members in Michigan. At that size, Michigan is the fourth largest Pheasants Forever state, behind only Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. In fact, Pheasants Forever has raised more than $4.3 million for Michigan's wildlife habitat, which has resulted in Michigan chapters completing over 42,000 habitat projects benefiting over 300,000 acres since 1987.
"We have very dedicated volunteers throughout Michigan," stated Mike Parker, Pheasants Forever's regional wildlife biologist for Michigan. "The state meeting is a celebration of our year's accomplishments and a chance for us to re-focus on our goals for the future." The Michigan state meetings begin Saturday morning at 8AM and run till 5PM.
"We have a lot of challenges in Michigan," added Parker. "Land is precious here. It's Pheasant Forever's mission to work with farmers and landowners to show them the advantages of creating wildlife habitat on their land. I challenge all Michigan hunters to consider making a difference for wildlife by joining PF. Whether you love wildlife, want to give something back to the land, or are interested in leaving the legacy of pheasant hunting, please check out Pheasants Forever."
Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike. Pheasants Forever's unique system of county chapters allows 100% of net funds raised by its chapters to remain at the chapter level for local habitat projects. Headquartered in St.Paul, Minn., Pheasants Forever has more than 100,000 members in over 600 local chapters across the United States and Canada.