ANSWER THE CALL
In all, Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever accomplished more than 2.2 million acres of habitat work in 2021. Need some perspective? That’s more than 3,400 square miles, an area more than twice the size of Rhode Island.
Adding access to the QF Mission Statement this year tells you about what is dear to members, and where the organization is re-committing. Places to recreate (yes, hunt) and enjoy the fruits of our habitat labors — forever — are key to what we do as The Habitat Organization. One might also call us The Access Organization.
Permanent protection is critical: land that will forever be protected as wildlife habitat and open to public hunting. In 2021 Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever added 6,398 acres of such lands, bringing the organization’s total acres-to-date in this category to 218,592. Public, forever.
Access includes lands that may not be permanently public but are open to recreation. In 2021, QF and PF helped create 379,646 total acres of access for public hunting. Annual enrollments in walk-in programs are key here — acres which would not be available to wildlife if not for our Farm Bill wildlife biologists helping private landowners create wildlife habitat — that also improves soil, cleanses and retains water, and assists in climate resiliency — across pheasant country.
Restoring and enhancing habitat on both public land and private lands remains the heart of the QF mission, and is in fact the core of what we do through our army of wildlife biologists and habitat specialists. In 2021, Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever restored or improved 503,159 acres of upland wildlife habitat.
QF and PF now have Farm Bill wildlife biologists in 38 states, up from 32. In all, this impressive team totalled more than 1.48 million acres of habitat work in 2021. This only happens through the key partnerships we have with federal and state agencies.
And don’t forget: QF and PF chapters themselves are a habitat force, with 190,000 acres of habitat improvements logged in 2021.
Will you help us continue to make more and better places for pheasants, butterflies, bees, grassland songbirds and the myriad of other wildlife in the uplands?
CALL OF THE UPLANDS®