Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have a longstanding partnership with the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to deliver habitat all across the pheasant range. The organization was recently awarded $4 million in new funding to support four separate grant projects in the state of Minnesota.
The four grants include the Southwestern Wetland Initiative of Minnesota, the Minnesota River Prairie, the Border Prairie Wetlands and the Southern Red River Valley Wetlands. Utilizing these programs, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will acquire, restore and enhance more than 6,000 acres of prairie wetland and upland habitats in Minnesota.
“The significance of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act program to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever cannot be understated,” said Sabin Adams, the Minnesota project manager for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “Quality wetland habitat creates diverse ecosystems that benefit not only pheasants but numerous other species of wildlife. Support from NAWCA is one of the key drivers to accomplishing Pheasants Forever’s mission here in Minnesota, and we’re very excited to receive this funding and continue our shared goal to protect, restore and enhance wetland habitats for birds.”
NAWCA was signed into law in 1989. In the three decades since its inception, the act has funded over 3,100 projects, totaling over $1.9 billion in grants. More than 6,500 partners have contributed another $3.9 billion in matching funds to affect 31.5 million acres of habitat.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever partner with numerous other conservation organizations in relation to NAWCA, including the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Fund, Ducks Unlimited, Fox Lake Conservation League, The Nature Conservancy, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources.
About Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
, including its quail conservation division,Quail Forever
, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 120,000 members and 780 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $975 million on 560,000 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres nationwide.