An unusual partnership

Monday, April 23, 2007

It is impossible to guess what kind of partnerships will be formed to create environmental improvements.

The Iowa chapter of Pheasants Forever and the Iowa Pork Producers Association announced a new partnership this week.

Pheasants will be getting help this year from hog farmers who are promising to provide more habitat for the game birds and take part in new clean water efforts.

"The goal of this project is to create some additional habitat around swine barns without disrupting the operation of the facility," Dave Van Waus, a wildlife biologist for Pheasants Forever said in a statement.

The project will focus on 10 producers who have said they're interested in providing pheasant nesting habitat on their farm sites. They'll get financial support from both groups, and Pheasant Forever will also provide technical help in setting up and maintaining the new habitats.

Scott Tapper, IPPA president and a member of the partnership taskforce, said, "This will help producers beautify their farm sites and make them more environmentally acceptable."