The United Brotherhood of Carpenter's Helps to Construct the 2006 Minnesota Build a Wildlife Area Campaign

The 4th Build a Wildlife Area Campaign continues to build sponsors at Game Fair in Anoka County

St. Paul, Minn. - August 01 -

The Minnesota Build a Wildlife Area project continues its 4th annual campaign at the Minnesota Game Fair in Anoka County in August. This year the Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners partners with Pheasants Forever (PF) in the annual Build a Wildlife Area campaign at the 2006 Game Fair.

Build a Wildlife Area is a campaign that raises money to acquire land that is critical as wildlife habitat. Each year, each dollar donated generates two additional dollars from state and Federal agencies that pay for land to become new Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

Since its inception in 2003, the Build a Wildlife Area Campaign has raised over $350,000 and acquired five new Wildlife Management Areas for Minnesota. That's 1,400 acres of land permanently maintained for wildlife and open to the public for outdoor recreation.

This year, the Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners is taking hands-on action to kick off the Build a Wildlife Area campaign. "The majority of our members spend a lot of time outdoors," said Val Watson, President of the Carpenters Council. "But not all of them can own their own tract of land. We support the Build a Wildlife Area campaign because it permanently protects land for public use, allowing everyone to have the opportunity to spend time in the outdoors."

In rallying behind the campaign, the Carpenters Union is donating wood and materials for participants to make 1,200 bluebird houses at Game Fair. Everyone who visits the tent on Pheasants Forever Hill can make a donation to the Build a Wildlife Area campaign and get the opportunity to build a bird house. A donation to the Build a Wildlife Area campaign is requested for each bluebird house built.

Carpenters Union members and retirees will also volunteer their time and labor at the tent, including cutting and drilling all lumber and offering guidance to make it safer for youngsters to build the birdhouses.

To learn more about the Build a Wildlife Area campaign, or to make a donation, visit Pheasants Forever at our tent at the 2006 Game Fair or call us toll free at (877)773-2070 for more information. You can also visit us on the Web at http://www.pheasantsforever.org/events/bawa/. The 2006 Game Fair will run August 11th-13th and 18th-20th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Build a Wildlife Area and the tradition of creating public WMAs is a credit to our visionary individual donors and corporate sponsors. This year's campaign will once again include contributions from the partnership's major donors; Pheasants Forever, Inc., Outdoor News, Game Fair, Gander Mountain, Ron Schara Enterprises, Kent Hrbek Outdoors Television, KFAN/Clear Channel, Apple Auto Group, Federal Premium Ammunition, Minnesota Deer Hunter's Association, Lupient Auto Group, the Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Minnesota DNR, Wells Blue Bunny, Alcorn Beverage, North Country Ford, Timber Lodge Steakhouse, and KARE-11.

Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever (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.