For Immediate Release

QF tops $10 Million for Kans. Uplands through Grassroots Conservation Campaign

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Organization exceeds original Campaign goal, increasing the organization’s impact on Kansas wildlife habitat and Kansas youth

Ottawa, Kan. - January 29 -

Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QFis proud to announce the results generated by the Kansas Grassroots Conservation Campaign. During the past three years, Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and the organization’s partners raised over $10 million for Kansas’ upland hunting tradition.

Special recognition and thanks go to the organization’s Campaign partners, including the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism (KDWPT), Campaign donors, volunteer leaders, local Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever chapters and many others who answered the call to do more for Kansas’ upland hunting tradition. These individuals and partners provided Pheasants Forever with the ability to dramatically increase the organization’s impact on upland habitat and youth across Kansas, even during challenging times.

“Our monetary goal for the Kansas Grassroots Conservation Campaign was $10 million, which we are proud to say we eclipsed. Just as importantly, our long-term objective for the Campaign is to impact over 1 million acres of Kansas habitat, and we are well on our way to doing just that,” states Howard K. Vincent, Pheasants Forever President and CEO. “By working together over the past three years, Pheasants Forever and our campaign partners have been able to drastically increase our collective impact on Kansas’ upland habitat and wildlife. In addition, this Campaign has allowed us to ramp up our youth mentoring efforts designed to get more Kansas youth outdoors.”

Recent Kansas Milestones generated by the Campaign include:

• Over 500,000 acres positively impacted.

• Expanding wildlife biology focused conservation planning assistance and conservation program delivery through Pheasants Forever’s Farm Bill biologist partnership with NRCS & KDWPT.

• Helping to host over 115 Landowner Habitat Workshops across the state in partnership with Kansas conservation partners.

• Contacting over 4,000 Kansas landowners and helping them enroll in USDA conservation programs like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and CP-33 Quail Buffers.

• Improving public land habitat through Pheasants Forever’s Habitat Specialist partnership with KDWPT on three Kansas Wildlife Management Areas.

• Increasing Outdoor Youth Mentoring opportunities through a partnership with KDWPT, Pass It On – Outdoors Mentors, National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and others.

• Permanently protecting over 2,340 acres for public use through Pheasants Forever land donation legacy partnerships.

“This Campaign has produced spectacular results, but the reality is that we all must do much more if we intend to overcome the challenges facing Kansas’ upland wildlife. As we have all witnessed over the last few years, habitat is vanishing at a never before seen rate, so we must continue increasing our impact through strategic initiatives,” says Jordan Martincich, Pheasants Forever Development Officer. “Know that Pheasants Forever and our conservation partners will do everything we can to save the Kansas upland

hunting tradition, yet we need the help of many more supporters going forward. Please do your part to save the upland tradition by supporting Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever and our Kansas initiatives.”

Please join the organization as it celebrates these accomplishments as part of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s upcoming Kansas Convention & Habitat Meeting - February 2, 2013 at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, Kansas. You can register for this event by visiting www.kansaspfqf.com.

For more information or to pledge your support for Pheasants Forever’s Kansas initiatives, please contact Jordan Martincich, at (785) 242-3175 or email Jordan. You can also speak with Jordan about how you can make a lasting impact by remembering Pheasants Forever in your will or estate plan.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 720 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

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Rehan Nana (651) 209-4973 or Email Rehan