Habitat & Conservation  |  09/27/2023

Podcast Ep. 232: The Story Behind the New Howard K. Vincent Public Wildlife Area

In celebration of Build a Wildlife Area week, host Bob St.Pierre visits with three people instrumental in the creation of the new 195.5-acre Howard K. Vincent Waterfowl Production Area honoring PF & QF’s recently retired president and chief executive officer. The group in this conversation includes President of the Spirit Lake Protective Association John Smeltzer, Iowa Great Lakes Pheasants Forever Chapter volunteer Mary Jo Rapp, and PF & QF’s Minnesota State Coordinator Tanner Bruse.    

Episode Highlights:
  • Rapp explains how this project fulfills her local PF chapter memberships’ interest in improving habitat on public lands in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.  
  • Smeltzer, a retired biologist with the Colorado Department of Parks & Wildlife, explains his passion for Spirit Lake’s water quality where he has made his retirement home and how that water quality focus also dovetails with his passion for hunting upland birds.  
  • And the group of Labrador-loving guests have some fun ribbing St.Pierre for being the only pointer guy on this podcast.   
Learn more about PF & QF’s Build a Wildlife Area program at PheasantsForever.org/BuildaWildlifeArea.

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