For Immediate Release

Lowcountry South Carolina QF Chapter Sets Bar High for Quail Recovery

Hen bobwhite quail

Chapter using funds to improve for public land improvement

Charleston, S.C. - May 09 -

Quailenthusiasts in South Carolina have formed Quail Forever's (QF) newest chapter, Lowcountry Quail Forever. The chapter, based in Mount Pleasant, will focus efforts on improving public use habitat for bobwhite quail in the state’s Francis Marion National Forest.

The chapter is led by President Tim Long of Mount Pleasant. Long, who is originally from Tennessee, moved to South Carolina in 1996 and became involved with community quail conservation efforts. “Quail habitat restoration is not just beneficial for quail, but for all upland wildlife including songbirds, turkey, rabbits and the threatened Red-cockaded woodpecker,” said Long.

Chapter conservation work is completed on Francis Marion National Forest. The 258,000 acre national forest is located 20 miles north of Charleston, and has been managed by the Forest Service since 1936; however, human occupation can be traced back 10,000 years. The chapter works to create brood rearing habitat on approximately 80 wildlife openings, each consisting of 2-3 acres, throughout the forest. These brood rearing areas are critical for bumblebee size quail chicks to navigate through while foraging.

“Our chapter feels that it is critical to have land that is open to everyone, which will benefit the community as a whole and the upland habitat wildlife depend on so heavily,” noted Long.

“Quail Forever’s locally empowering model was important to this group of motivated volunteers,” reports Shon Robbins, Quail Forever regional representative. “With the members’ history of quail conservation efforts, I know the positive impacts made by the Lowcountry Quail Forever chapter will be felt by the whole community.”

The chapter’s first meeting meeting will be Wednesday, May 16, 6:30pm at Zeus Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant S.C. The chapter is looking for volunteers, and those interested are encouraged to contact Tim Long at (843) 324-8734 or email Tim.

South Carolina Habitat Reports: Unlike states further north, winter mortality from weather conditions is not a big issue in South Carolina. Winter rains following several years of drought could lead to good soil moisture conditions, which may result in improved nesting and brood habitat conditions, according to Billy Dukes, small game project supervisor for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Overwinter cover held up well due to the mild conditions and no frozen precipitation; however land managers interested in managing for quail should pay close attention to size of burn blocks during prescribed burning operations and make sure to leave adequate escape cover.

For more information on “The Habitat Organization” or to start a chapter, please contact Shon Robbins at 618-467-2586 or email Shon.

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