"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