Pheasants Forever Announces 2005 Iowa Habitat Accomplishments

PF State Meeting to be held in Des Moines on January 13, 14, & 15

Des Moines, Iowa - January 03 -

Pheasants Forever's (PF) 103 Iowa chapters completed 3,997 habitat projects in 2005, which are benefiting 43,986 acres for wildlife. PF will hold their annual state meetings at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines on January 13, 14, and 15 to recognize these efforts, chapter volunteers, and partners. The meetings create a venue for PF members to share conservation success stories and also provide opportunities for the public to learn more about PF, wildlife habitat, hunting, and dog training.

Saturday, January 14th's seminar series opens to the media and general public at 9AM and runs through 4:15PM. Seminar topics include dog training, cougars in Iowa, the Conservation Reserve Program, quail biology, shooting tips, and a habitat help desk for landowners. Admission for the day's meetings and exhibits is $49 without meals ($97 with lunch and banquet dinner) and can be purchased at the 2nd floor entrance of the downtown Des Moines Marriott.

PF was formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1982. The organization formed its first Iowa chapter in 1984 with the creation of the Iowa Pioneer (north central Iowa) chapter. Since that time, PF has grown to 103 chapters and more than 20,000 members in the state. In fact, PF has raised more than $25 million for Iowa's wildlife habitat. Iowa chapters have also participated in land acquisitions totaling 56,273 acres since 1984. All PF land acquisitions are accomplished in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and county conservation boards. Land acquisitions are then opened to the public for hunting and other compatible outdoor recreation activities.

"Our state meetings serve two purposes," explains Dave Van Waus, PF's regional wildlife biologist for central Iowa. "First, the top-notch seminars provide an excellent venue for hunters and landowners to learn more about Pheasants Forever and wildlife habitat conservation. Second, the state meetings are a fun and interactive time for our most dedicated chapter volunteers to share their experiences and successes over the last year. It provides a tremendous forum for our volunteers to brainstorm and build momentum for our efforts statewide."

PF 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. Headquartered in St.Paul, Minn., PF has more than 110,000 members in over 600 local chapters across the United States and Canada.

Bob St.Pierre (877)773-2070

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.