In the Weeds: May 2011

A Heaping Helping of Habitat from "The Habitat Organization"

Join Pheasants Forever's Iowa Upland Habitat Renewal

In the Weeds: May 2011

Field & Stream has selected a Pheasants Forever project, the Iowa Upland Habitat Renewal, as part of its Hero for a Day conservation initiative. The sixth and final conservation project during the two month Hero for a Day initiative, the Iowa Upland Habitat Renewal is being hosted by Pheasants Forever's Mahaska County (Iowa) Pheasants Forever chapter on Saturday, May 28th.

The Hero for a Day initiative encourages anyone interested to get outdoors and get involved in a conservation project. By volunteering to join the Iowa Upland Habitat Renewal conservation effort, you'll be eligible win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C., including a guided bass fishing trip on the Potomac River and a ticket to the 2011 Heroes of Conservation Award Gala.

The Iowa Upland Habitat Renewal will take place from 9AM to 3PM on Saturday, May 28th at the Hull State Management Wildlife Area near Garfield, Iowa. The Hull State Game Management Area is a former strip mine that has been reclaimed. A new management plan is underway for the 568-acre property, which has suffered in recent years to invasive species such as autumn olive and honeysuckle.

The goal is to address some of the shortcomings of the area, which is open to hunting, and develop it into a prime area for pheasant and bobwhite quail. Volunteers will take part in the cutting and spraying of undesirable brush, removal of perch trees in grassland areas, building brush piles, and shrub and tree planting. There will be an opportunity to learn good habitat improvement techniques, including native-grass planting, which can be practiced on either public or private land. Also taking part will be Oskaloosa High School's Pioneering Ringnecks Pheasants Forever chapter, the Mahaska County Conservation Board and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

For more information about the Iowa Upland Habitat Renewal, including project details, volunteer info, contact info and map, visit

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