Pheasants Forever will hold its annual National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The national convention and outdoor tradeshow will mark the Twin Cities-based wildlife habitat conservation organization's 30th anniversary. Pheasants Forever's last national event in Minnesota drew 29,802 attendees in 2008, the largest event in PF history.
Pheasants Forever's National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic is the country's largest event for landowners, upland hunters, sport dog owners and wildlife habitat conservationists, combining a national outdoor tradeshow, wildlife habitat seminar series, and family event complete with puppies, tractors, shotguns and art.
One of the highlights for those who own land anywhere in the country is the Landowner Habitat Help Room, presented by Best Buy / Geek Squad. We've made getting your next habitat project started hassle free with free, one-on-one wildlife habitat consultations at National Pheasant Fest. The Landowner Habitat Help Room is designed to give farmers and landowners site-specific information about conservation programs they can implement on their land. Biologists use aerial photography, topography, and soil information to do individual planning. Landowners just need to bring the legal description of their property (township, range, and section). Through a one-on-one consultation with leading wildlife experts, landowners have the opportunity to learn about conservation and habitat options on their land available through federal, state and local programs.
$407 million for habitat
The nonprofit Pheasants Forever – which formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1982 and is currently headquartered in the nearby suburb of White Bear Lake – has grown to more than 130,000 members and 700 chapters across the U.S. and Canada.
"What was, three decades ago, a fledgling conservation group being run out of a house basement has matured into an organization that delivered more than $50 million last year to our wildlife habitat conservation mission," says Howard Vincent, President and CEO of Pheasants Forever and its quail division, Quail Forever (which it formed in 2005).
"Pheasants Forever's success is built by thousands of volunteers who've donated time, money, sweat, energy and passion for the altruistic cause of conserving this nation's precious uplands and wetlands. It's important for us to celebrate these anniversary milestones, but more important to say 'thank you' to our supporters."
Fittingly, the celebration will take place in the organization's birth place, as Pheasants Forever was formed by a group of Minnesota pheasant hunters who saw the need for habitat preservation and restoration in 1982. Pheasants Forever's first accomplishment was as the instrumental player in the passage of Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp legislation, to this day required by all Minnesota pheasant hunters. Today, Minnesota is home to 77 Pheasants Forever chapters, 2 Quail Forever chapters and 25,000 members. Pheasants Forever has spent more than $52 million on habitat and conservation education in the state, including more than $37 million on 33,770 acres that have been purchased, permanently protected and opened to public hunting and outdoor recreation.
Nationwide, Pheasants Forever has spent more than $407 million on wildlife habitat projects and conservation education. Those funds have translated into 441,963 habitat projects benefiting 8.4 million acres across North America, and put 100,046 youngsters through mentored hunts and shooting sports events. Pheasants Forever also owns a program efficiency of 91.7% - the most efficient national conservation organization in the country.
"We are thrilled to be bringing our signature event home to celebrate 30 years of successes, but also to rally our supporters for the habitat battles on the horizon," adds Joe Duggan, Pheasants Forever's Vice President of Corporate Sales.
For admission and hotel information, visit www.pheasantfest.org.
Source: Pheasants Forever