For Immediate Release

Nebraska's Wachtel fur Immer Chapter of Quail Forever

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Conservation Participation on the Rise across Nebraska

North Platte, Neb. - March 06 -

Three new wildlife habitat conservation chapters have formed in Nebraska recently. Pheasants Forever (PF) chapters were formed in Webster and Morrill counties respectively, while a new Quail Forever (QF) chapter was founded by residents in Frontier and Gosper counties.

"I think a whole bunch of Nebraskans made New Year's resolutions to become active in conservation this year," reported Drew Larsen, wildlife biologist for both organizations. "I definitely feel the momentum Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have amongst bird hunters and conservationists. Folks like our model of locally-empowered chapters and many have enjoyed first-hand the benefits of Pheasants Forever habitat projects across the state."

Unlike all other national conservation organizations, QF and PF empower local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100% of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent. This local control allows members to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities, while belonging to a national organization with a voice on federal conservation policy in Washington D.C.

PF was formed in 1982 and today boasts 600 chapters and 110,000 members. Sixty of those chapters and 15,000 of those members reside in Nebraska. QF was formed on August 10, 2005 by Pheasants Forever to help reverse the rapid decline of quail populations across their U.S. range. In the first seven months of existence, 39 QF chapters have formed in 18 states. Nebraska accounts for three of those QF chapters.

Monument Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever (Morrill County) Morrill County residents have formed the Monument Valley Chapter of PF. Chapter leaders plan to work on habitat projects with local landowners in Morrill County, as well as helping to up-grade state property in partnership with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.

"I've seen what the Antelope Valley, High Plains, and Oregon Trail Pheasants Forever chapters have all done for Morrill County and thought it was about time we helped them out since they've done so much for our county," explained Brian Lane, the chapter's new president.

The Monument Valley Chapter plans to hold their next meeting in Bridgeport on Monday, March 20th at 7PM. The public and media are invited to attend. For more information about this chapter, please contact Brian Lane at (308)282-1158.

Webster County Chapter of Pheasants Forever Webster County Chapter President Vicki Sharp became interested in PF after her son participated in a PF youth mentor hunt in the neighboring community of Hastings. "I saw the way my son's eyes came alive the day of that mentor hunt," explained Sharp. "You can hear the excitement in his voice now when he talks about pheasant hunting or that experience. This chapter is about giving other kids that experience; whether through youth mentor hunts or habitat projects that create new opportunities to enjoy wildlife and the outdoors."

The Webster County Chapter plans to hold their next meeting in Blue Hill on Monday, March 13th at 7:30PM. The public and media are invited to attend. For more information about the Webster County Chapter, please contact Vicki Sharp at (402)756-3447.

Wachtel für Immer Chapter of Quail Forever (Frontier and Gosper Counties) With what may be the most creative chapter name in the history of wildlife habitat conservation, residents from Frontier and Gosper counties formed the Wachtel für Immer Chapter of Quail Forever. The name comes from the German roots of the community and translates to "Quail Forever."

"In a word, these folks are 'passionate' about quail conservation," reported Larsen. "However, they had me stumped with how to get the 'ü' symbol to appear in a Word document."

"We've seen all the great things Pheasants Forever has done in the surrounding counties for wildlife," explained Bryan Darnall, the chapter's newly elected president. "Quail Forever seemed like a perfect fit for us to contribute to those efforts for upland bird habitat."

The Wachtel für Immer Chapter of QF plans to hold their first annual banquet in Eustis on Friday, April 21st. The public and media are invited to attend. To purchase tickets for the banquet, or to learn more about the chapter, please contact Bryan Darnall at (308)486-2121.

Looking for More Conservation Leaders It's time for all of us to stand up and be leaders in conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are specifically looking for conservation leaders to start chapters in the following Nebraska counties: Butler, Cherry, Dawes, Douglas, Dundy, Hitchcock, Howard, Platte, and Polk. If you are interested in learning more about starting a chapter, or helping your local chapter, please contact a PF/QF regional wildlife biologist: Western Nebraska: Drew Larsen at (308)534-2807 Eastern Nebraska: Keith Brus at (308)754-4815 Or visit www.nebraskapf.com.

Bob St.Pierre (866)457-8245 PHOTO BY ROGER HILL