Friday, February 14, 2014

It's All About Habitat...

Habitat, Habitat, Habitat...Whether you are talking pheasants, quail, grouse, turkeys, ducks, elk, deer, antelope, whatever...Take away habitat and...Poof!!! Nada, Nothing....Long Gone!

Pheasants Forever and its quail division, Quail Forever, the national nonprofit devoted to wildlife habitat conservation, has set an all-time membership record with 141,314 active members located throughout the United States and Canada.

With upland habitat loss reaching historic modern levels in recent years, the record membership total indicates a growing concern for wildlife habitat conservation. In 2013 alone, about 1.6 million acres were removed from the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and converted to cropland. Additionally, the conversion of native prairie to crop-producing lands has accelerated in the Upper Midwest, particularly the Dakotas and Nebraska, because of limited protections. Congress has not helped the cause by dragging its feet passing while meanwhile weakening significantly, the federal Farm Bill and its Conservation Title, which dictates habitat-protecting programs nationwide.

The cumulative result is wildlife habitat loss the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Great Depression.

FYI, Pheasants/Quail Forever is a leader in percentage of revenue spent on conservation rather than administrative costs, spending nearly 92 cents out of  every dollar directly on its wildlife habitat mission work.

For more information on how you can help please visit www.pheasantsforever.org/

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