The Nobles County (Minnesota) Chapter of Pheasants Forever
received special recognition at Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic as the nonprofit conservation organization’s top habitat chapter in 2014.
The Nobles County Chapter of Pheasants Forever was the top-spending Pheasants Forever chapter in the nation in 2014, investing more than $1.3 million into wildlife habitat conservation projects. Projects included two land purchases that permanently conserved 222 acres of wildlife habitat, acres that are also open to public hunting and outdoor recreation. The chapter’s keystone project in 2014 is the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area
. The 147-acre tract, located 6 miles southwest of Worthington, provides valuable wildlife habitat and helps protect water from pollutants in the center of Worthington’s municipal water supply. The new wildlife area was officially dedicated at the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener.
The Nobles County Chapter of Pheasants Forever was the 14th chapter of Pheasants Forever in the country when it established in 1986. The group also holds the distinction of the first land acquisition in the history of the organization, also in 1986. Since inception, the chapter has contributed $4.8 million to complete 223 wildlife habitat projects, helping to improve habitat conditions for pheasants and other wildlife on 6,877 acres. Among these projects are 33 land acquisitions that have helped permanently conserve more than 2,222 acres of wildlife habitat.
“Since their inception, the Nobles County Chapter of Pheasants Forever has been a force for upland habitat conservation, known in Minnesota and nationwide for their efforts,” said Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s President and CEO, “This model affiliate shows what’s possible when chapters develop a strong core of dedicated volunteers, build strong local, state & federal-level partnerships and become actively engaged in their local communities.”
About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants 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 140,000 members and 700 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.
Photo Credit: Emily Magers - The Nobles County Chapter of Pheasants Forever accepts an award for being the nation's top chapter for habitat expenditures.