"Illinois is a state where 95 percent of land is in private
ownership, so we're excited to be launching a Build a Wildlife Area
campaign as a way to ensure we'll always have places to enjoy the
great outdoors," said Aaron Kuehl, director of conservation for
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in the state. "And what really
makes the campaign unique it that it stretches one dollar into
three; 100 dollars becomes 300. The Build a Wildlife Area campaign
gives you the most conservation bang for your conservation buck."
The campaign is a wide-reaching effort to engage individual donors,
corporations, nonprofit and government organizations to create
permanent public wildlife areas. Once lands are acquired, they are
turned over to the state for management and opened to the public for
recreation, including hunting.
Illinois is the fifth state to launch a Build a Wildlife Area
campaign, following Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota.
Minnesota's campaigns have helped create seven new wildlife areas
covering over 2,500 acres, and Iowa's campaign has already helped
acquire three new wildlife areas totaling over 400 acres.
The Montgomery County Chapter of Pheasants Forever was the first
to contribute to the Illinois Build a Wildlife Area campaign,
donating $500. And one Pheasants Forever member (who wishes to
remain anonymous) has pledged $25,000 to the campaign! The Illinois
Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service have both pledged their support of the Illinois Build a
Wildlife Area campaign.
"The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has enjoyed a long
partnership with Pheasants Forever in developing wildlife habitats,"
said John Buhnerkempe, division chief for IDNR Wildlife Resources.
"This new program further strengthens this habitat partnership,
which results in more quality wildlife habitat and additional
hunting opportunity in Illinois."
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Gwen Kolb of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish
and Wildlife Program added: "We know this program works as far
wildlife habitat being placed on the ground, and that's what we're
all about. This program completely complements our mission, and we
thank Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever for initiating this
program in the state of Illinois."
To learn more or to make a donation to the Build a Wildlife Area
campaign in Illinois, contact Aaron Kuehl at 217-635-5207 or
firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact Pheasants Forever
toll-free at 877-773-2070 or online at
Illinois' 45 Pheasants Forever chapters account for over 8,000
members statewide. Those chapters have spent more than $9.3 million
to complete over 27,900 habitat projects since the first Illinois
chapter was formed in 1985. Those projects have benefited more than
261,000 acres for wildlife. There are also 16 Quail Forever chapters
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are nonprofit conservation
organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of
pheasant, quail and other wildlife populations in North America
through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness and
education. The two organizations combined have more than 127,000
members in 700 local chapters across the continent.
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