Quail Forever Reaches Rocky Mountain High with first CO Chapter

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Quail Forever Reaches Rocky Mountain High with first Colorado Chapter

3/25/08

Colorado Covey Chapter of QF focused on improving habitat for state's three quail species

Evergreen, Colorado – Colorado quail enthusiasts have formed the state's first chapter of Quail Forever (QF), known as the Colorado Covey Chapter of QF. The Arapahoe County-based chapter is uniquely positioned to benefit habitat for three species of quail – bobwhite, scaled and Gambel's quail.

"For many, Colorado doesn't come to mind when one thinks of quail and quail hunting," said Larry Gysin of Evergreen, the chapter's newly-elected president, "But there are plenty of die-hard quail hunters and conservationists in this state and with Quail Forever's local model, we now have an opportunity to do some great things for this great game bird."

Pheasants Forever launched Quail Forever in August of 2005 to address the continuing loss of habitat suitable for quail and the subsequent quail population decline. QF chapters promote local, state, and federal conservation programs that help landowners protect environmentally sensitive acres for quail and other wildlife. They also employ the organization's unique model of empowering local chapters with 100 percent control of the chapters' locally-raised funds to complete habitat and youth education projects in the chapters' own communities.

"We're extremely excited to get Quail Forever on the ground in Colorado," said Bob Hix, QF regional wildlife biologist in the state and also the Colorado Covey's youth/education chair, "This chapter is off to a great start, and once people realize Quail Forever has a presence here, we're going to do some amazing things in terms of habitat projects and youth programs."

Scaled quail reside in the grassier areas of southeast Colorado. According to Hix, the new chapter plans on improving the brushy cover in this region in order to minimize the effects harsh winters can have on the quail population. Northeast Colorado, namely the South Platte River corridor, is home to a healthy population of bobwhite quail. The chapter plans on working with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and state small game biologist Ed Gorman on ways to improve bob numbers in the area. The chapter also hopes to find ways to boost the Gambel's quail population, found in Colorado's western desert regions.

Also elected at the chapter's first official meeting on February 12th were Harlie Bacon of Evergreen as treasurer and Fred Paz of Littleton as habitat chair. To join the Colorado Covey or for more information about the chapter, including upcoming meeting dates, contact Larry Gysin at (303)674-7904 or via email at larrygysin@aol.com.

For more information on QF in Colorado, contact Bob Hix at (303)743-8957 or via email at bhix@quailforever.org.

Since the organization's inception, over 95 QF chapters have formed in 26 different states. The QF mission is accomplished through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, education, and conservation advocacy.

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For additional information about Quail Forever, please visit www.QuailForever.org

Media Contact:
Anthony Hauck (651)209-4972
 

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