posted on September 26, 2006 00:00
Grass Grows Michigan Pheasants
Bob St.Pierre (877)773-2070
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bob St.Pierre (651)209-4931
Saint Paul, Minn. - September 21st -
This week, Pheasants Forever Television (PF TV) travels to Michigan to see how acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) are creating habitat for pheasants. PF TV also visits Dickinson County, Iowa and Stearns County, Minnesota this week. Pheasants Forever Television airs on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) on Fridays and Sundays at 11:30AM CDT / 12:30 PM EDT.
This week's episode kicks off in Minnesota for a late season hunt. PF TV's Bill Sherck is joined by Brad Cobb, president of the Stearns County Chapter of PF. The Stearns County Chapter was PF's 9th chapter formed back in 1983. Since that time, the Stearns County Chapter's members have spent more than $2 million dollars to complete over 1,000 habitat projects. Today, those projects are benefiting nearly 10,000 acres of land for wildlife. The pair hunts one of those projects as they pursue a bag limit of roosters in sub-freezing temperatures on the final day of Minnesota's 2005 pheasant season.
PF TV's cameras then travel south to Iowa for a visit with the Dickinson County Chapter of PF. Shortly after PF was founded in 1982, Dickinson resident Don Lamb sent a letter to PF's headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota. That letter mobilized the conservation-minded folks of Dickinson County to create wildlife habitat for the dwindling pheasant populations. More than twenty years later, Dickinson County is a shining example of the effect grassroots conservation can have on the landscape, wildlife populations, and a community. And, Lamb is still working hard for local habitat today.
This episode comes to a close in Lapeer, Michigan. The Lapeer County Chapter of PF has been working hard promoting the state's Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). CREP is a targeted method for retiring a state’s most environmentally sensitive farmlands. As a result, CREP acres provide extremely high natural resource benefits; including improvements to water quality, prevention of soil erosion, and the creation of wildlife habitat. Michigan’s CREP began five years ago with a goal of enrolling 80,000 acres. The CREP targets the Saginaw Bay, River Raisin, and Macatawa watersheds, covering 29 counties. One of the biggest results of CREP in Michigan has been the dramatic impact the program has had on improving the state's pheasant numbers. PF TV goes on a hunt with Lapeer Chapter members to experience the fruits of Michigan's CREP.
Pheasants Forever Television is produced by Ron Schara Enterprises. Schara serves as the show's host, is a five-time Emmy winner, and a PF life member.
To preview PF TV on the web, please go to URL [http://www.pheasantsforever.org/press/pftv/]. PF TV's sponsoring partners include; Browning, EAR Inc., Echo Outdoor Power Equipment, Gander Mountain, Purina Pro Plan, and South Dakota Department of Tourism. Thanks to these sponsors for bringing Pheasants Forever Television to the air.
Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, 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 and its quail division, Quail Forever, have more than 115,000 members in over 660 local chapters across the continent.
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.