For Immediate Release

Nebraska Quail Forever State Habitat Meeting February 2

Open to public, event’s 25+ seminars focus on increasing and improving wildlife habitat

Kearney, Nebraska - January 07 -

The 66 Nebraska Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever chapters will host the organization’s annual State Habitat Meeting on Saturday, February 2 at the Ramada Inn in Kearney, Nebraska. The daylong event is designed for landowners, conservationists and hunters interested in improving wildlife habitat.

The habitat heavy event runs 8AM-4:30PM and features over 25 seminars throughout the day focusing on techniques for increasing and improving wildlife habitat in Nebraska. Members from Pheasants Forever, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and local landowners are slated to present on landscape challenges and successes in the state. An additional focus of this year’s event is Nebraska’s significant drought conditions and their effect on the state’s upland populations. A majority of the drought discussions and seminars are scheduled to take place during the morning session.

"Even in difficult times, Nebraska is a leader in upland hunting and a great example of a state benefiting from the increased conservation efforts of Pheasants Forever, partnering agencies, and landowners," says Drew Larsen, Pheasants Forever National Habitat Education Specialist. "This meeting will give landowners an opportunity to learn about pheasant and quail habitat requirements, and how they can work with agencies to put more habitat on the ground."

Featured wildlife habitat presentations include:

Impact of EHD on Whitetail Deer in Nebraska - Bruce Trindle, NGPC Wildlife Disease Biologist. Bruce will be providing details on Nebraska’s recent EHD outbreak and its impact on deer numbers throughout the state.

The Impact of Drought and Farm Bill Policy on Game Bird Habitat - Ritch Nelson, NRCS State Wildlife Biologist. This presentation will act as an overview of how the drought monitor is used nationwide and how provisions of Farm Bill programs were applied during the 2012 drought in Nebraska. A look at how dry conditions and full-scale drought might impact pheasant numbers and other wildlife in Nebraska from West to East will also be presented.

Nebraska Wildfires and their Impact on Habitat and Public Recreation - Matt Steffl, NGPC District Manager. Matt will summarize the impacts the recent wildfires have had on habitat during the drought as well as its impact on public access across the state.

The Latest Updates on PF/QF Youth Programs - Drew Larsen, National PF Habitat Education Specialist. Drew will be providing updates on PF’s national youth programs and how they can add more volunteers to your chapter committee.

A full list of presentations can be found here.

All sessions at the Kearney Ramada Inn are open to the public for a full-day price of $30 (includes a noon meal catered by Skeeter Barnes BBQ) until January 25. Beginning January 26, ticket prices increase to $40. Rooms at the Ramada Inn are being held at a special rate for Pheasants Forever at $79 per room until January 18, 2013.

To register for the meeting, please visit the state's website. For more information or questions regarding the event, please contact Pam Grossart at (308) 850-8395 or email Pam.

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 135,000 members and 720 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.

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Rehan Nana (651) 209-4973 or Email Rehan