Lee County Pheasants Forever Chapter Receives No Child Left Indoors Award

Award honors chapter efforts in fostering youth involvement in the outdoors

A year focused on youth conservation education led to the Lee County Pheasants Forever chapter's No Child Left Indoors Award.

A year focused on youth conservation education led to the Lee County Pheasants Forever chapter's No Child Left Indoors Award.

Fort Madison, Iowa - February 16 -

The Lee County Pheasants Forever chapter in southeast Iowa is the recipient of Pheasants Forever's No Child Left Indoors® National Award for 2010. The award honors the chapter's efforts to introduce youth to the outdoors and create the next generation of hunters and conservationists.

Pheasants Forever's No Child Left Indoors® initiative is the organization's national effort to engage youngsters in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and camping. The No Child Left Indoors® National Award recognizes chapters for their youth habitat projects, youth and family community events and youth outdoor education programs. The Lee County Pheasants Forever chapter received its award at Pheasants Forever's National Pheasant Fest event last month.

In the past year, the Lee County Pheasants Forever chapter hosted its 4th annual Outdoor Adventure Camp for 25 boys and 25 girls, sponsored youth mentor and handicap hunts, was involved in 10 youth fishing tournaments that helped college students with expenses, and funded schoolyard wildlife habitat projects. The chapter also hosted trapping seminars and sponsored swan restoration projects in the county.

Though the award recognizes the chapter's efforts in 2010, the Lee County Pheasants Forever chapter has been active in youth conservation education for years. The chapter was previously recognized by the Governor of Iowa for its outstanding contributions to outdoor education. And two of the chapter's active youth members, Jay Wilsey and Blake Tebbs, serve on Pheasants Forever's National Youth Leadership Council.

"The Lee County Pheasants Forever chapter exemplifies the commitment of so many of our volunteers to mentor our next generation of conservationists," said Rich Wissink, Pheasants Forever's National Youth Programs Specialist, "Their efforts represent thousands of hours and dollars to ensure we have future citizens who care about wildlife and habitat and love the out-of-doors."

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters hold more than 500 youth events annually. For more information, contact Rich Wissink at (715) 722-0286 and rwissink@pheasantsforever.org.

Anthony Hauck (651) 209-4972 AHauck@pheasantsforever.org

Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants, quail and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike.