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24th annual Cherokee County Pheasants Forever banquet Saturday

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Plans are now underway for the 24th annual Cherokee County Pheasants Forever Banquet, according to Tim Haupert, Chapter President. The fund raising event will take place at the Western Iowa Tech Conference Center this Saturday, March 20th. The doors will open at 5:30pm, with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and a fundraising auction to follow at 7 p.m. Board members Tim Greenwood, Mike Letsche, and Scott Weber will serve as banquet co-chairmen.

"Last year over 500 people, including 75 kids, attended the banquet," said Haupert. "We'll have a wide range of prizes and auction items, including guns, trips and vacation getaways, and limited edition art. It will be a great time, and the result will be increased funding to assist Cherokee County wildlife projects."

The cost of banquet tickets is $45, which includes a Pheasants Forever membership. All members receive the bi-monthly 'Pheasants Forever' magazine, an informative journal covering hunting, dogs, wildlife art, wildlife management, pertinent political issues and more. A spouses' or kid's meal will cost an additional $15 per meal.

Pheasants Forever, Inc. is a nonprofit conservation organization, formed in 1982 in response to the continuing decline of upland wildlife. Across the US and Canada, PF has more than 650 chapters and over 125,000 members. Our objective is simple--we raise funds which are used for habitat development, conservation education, and other worthy endeavors through our chapters. We also think local folks have a much better idea of their own conservation needs than people in far-away corporate offices. So, 100% of net proceeds are retained by each chapter. Because of this fact, Iowa's 104 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters spent over $2.7 million on habitat projects and conservation education in 2009.

Since 1985, Iowa PF chapters have established 513,117 acres of nesting cover; 232,501 acres of food & cover plots; 15,322 winter cover plantings (almost 11 million shrubs and trees) on private lands; restored 17,190 acres of wetlands; completed mid-contract management on 157,178 acres of CRP, and more. Additionally, over $8.6 million has been cost-shared by Iowa PF chapters to purchase more than 629 public wildlife areas (75,647 acres) with natural resource agencies. Now all these Iowa Wildlife Management Areas (upland, wetlands and timber) are there forever--for you and your children to enjoy.

In all, Iowa's PF chapters invested over $36.4 million on thousands of habitat projects, impacting over 1,026,430 acres, equipment purchases, and conservation education which has positively influenced the lives of thousands of Iowa youth. All this was accomplished through the unique mechanism of concerned local people providing the incentives for neighbors to create habitat.

Cherokee County PF offers many ways to involve the young sportsman. Cherokee County PF chapter will pay a one year subscription to 'Upland Tales' magazine for all youth, ages 15 and under, who attend our banquet. 'Upland Tales' is distributed by PF, and has many articles geared towards involving youth in habitat and conservation projects.

The local chapter also sends kids to the Hunting and Conservation Camp for boys, and the Outdoor Journey for girls, sponsored by Pheasants Forever and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. These 3-day outdoor skills workshops are a wonderful opportunity for kids, and the Cherokee County chapter pays the $100 workshop fee for every kid in the county who would like to attend.

For further information about Pheasants Forever or the banquet, contact Tim Haupert at 712-225-2711 or by email at tjhawk@evertek.net.

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