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Pheasants Forever Receives Regional Award from Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

12/7/07

Saint Paul, Minnesota - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently recognized Pheasants Forever (PF) in appreciation for working with its Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program. PF was one of eight organizations or individuals recognized with regional awards at the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program 20th anniversary conference held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Partners Program was established in 1987 with a core group of biologists and a small budget for on-the-ground wetland restoration projects on private lands. This successful, results-oriented program has garnered support through the years and has grown into a larger and more diversified habitat restoration program assisting thousands of private landowners across the Nation.

"The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is a proud partner to Pheasants Forever and is extremely pleased with our cooperative accomplishments throughout the past twenty years," said Leopoldo Miranda-Castro, National Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Leader, "Since 1987, Pheasants Forever and the Partners Program have developed over 500 private lands habitat restoration projects. Working together, we have restored and enhanced an estimated 63,000 upland habitat acres and 46 miles of riparian habitat for the benefit of Federal Trust Species. The conservation power and potential of private land habitat restoration is clearly showcased by our work with Pheasants Forever."

"The Partnership for Fish and Wildlife Program has been a long list of valuable accomplishments over its 20-year history, and Pheasants Forever is proud to be a part of that," said Joe Duggan, PF's Director of Corporate Relations and Marketing, "Pheasants Forever thanks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Partners program for this recognition, but more importantly, for the essential work they do in sustaining our fish and wildlife resources."

Other regional award winners included The Teton Regional Land Trust, Blackfoot Challenge, Johanna Laderman - FishAmerica Foundation, Jeff C. Neal, Barry & Peggy Austin, Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Steve Hackett.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 97-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 548 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit 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. PF/QF has more than 115,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

For additional information about Pheasants Forever, please visit www.pheasantsforever.org

Media Contact:
Anthony Hauck (651)209-4972
 

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