LCPF Press Release
Food plot seed will be arriving shortly and the chapter is taking orders for corn, soy and sorghum to help landowners prepare wildlife food plots on their lands through recently-hired Lyon County Farm Bill Biologist and LCPF Habitat Chair, Tanner Bruse.
The seed is offered at a discount for LCPF members and area landowners in an effort to help them diversify the offerings on their lands to pheasants, deer and watchable wildlife, but is available only on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested parties should contact Bruse at their nearest convenience to have seed set aside in their names.
“The plot seed program is a sure sign of spring, and always a great opportunity for conservation-minded individuals to provide a reliable food source for wildlife on their lands throughout the seasons,” said LCPF President, Nick Simonson, “and we’re proud to partner with the various seed companies, and national PF to help make it possible.”
Last Updated ( Monday, 14 April 2014 09:36 )
National PF Press Release
Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) announce support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Services’ (NRCS) newly announced habitat initiative of $3 million in financial assistance to landowners interested in improving honey bee habitat. The focus area includes Mich., Minn., N.D. & S.D., and will benefit bees, agriculture, and wildlife.
“While on the surface pollinators and pheasants may seem like an odd couple, the bottom line is good bee habitat is great pheasant habitat,” said Ben Lardy, one of Pheasants Forever's farm bill wildlife biologists in South Dakota. “This initiative provides a great opportunity for landowners to establish high quality nesting and brood rearing habitat, while providing much needed forage for local honey bee hives.”
This program is in response to the unprecedented loss of hives by beekeepers in recent years and is aimed at providing an abundant forage supply during summer months to allow bees to recover from the previous winter and prepare for the next.
“Honey bee pollination supports an estimated $15 billion worth of agricultural production, including more than 130 fruits and vegetables that are the foundation of a nutritious diet. The future security of America's food supply depends on healthy honey bees," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Funding for the program is being provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and will focus on practices which will provide bees with pollen and nectar through the summer months. Eligible practices will focus on utilizing beneficial cover crops, pasture and rangeland management, and conservation plantings. All of these practices are beneficial to the honey bee as well as many species of wildlife.
In addition to benefiting honey bees, these programs will also provide other environmental benefits including the reduction of soil erosion, increasing soil health and water quality, and will benefit many grassland wildlife species. These areas will provide valuable nesting cover and brood rearing cover for pheasants and other grassland birds.
LCPF Press Release
Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF), via unanimous motion at its April chapter meeting, has once again offered to help area youth attend the annual TUNE Camp, a three-day fishing, hunting and conservation event in Lanesboro, Minn. on June 20, 21 and 22, by helping to cover the enrollment cost. Area youth age 11 through 16 must register for TUNE Camp by June 2 in order to take advantage of all the great courses the program has to offer.
This year, LCPF has allotted $1,400 to help cover the cost of attendance, with a maximum of $350 per person. The total cost of the camp per participant is $350, which includes lodging at the camp, meals, activities and equipment, but does not include travel expenses to and from the three-day program.
“Historically, we’ve sent three kids from the Lyon County area each year to the camp in Lanesboro, so the allotted money this year covers four full scholarships,” said Kelly Novotny, LCPF Banquet Chair, “if more than four are interested in attending, we will divide the $1,400 over those campers and they’ll all get partial scholarships which should still cover a majority of the registration costs,” he concluded.
“TUNE Camp is a chance for youth to experience every facet of the outdoors,” said Simonson, “it’s a learning opportunity that will hook them on hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation for life,” he concluded.
The Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center serves as the base for TUNE Camp each year. The facility rests in a unique ecosystem where hardwood forests coexist with productive farmlands, soaring limestone bluffs, underground caves and abundant flora and fauna. Eagle Bluff consists of an 80-acre parcel surrounded by 1,000 acres of state-managed forest and is the site of pre-historic Oneota Indian settlements. For more information visit the Eagle Bluff website at www.eaglebluff.org
The three-day camp, open to all youth age 11 to 16, is a collaborative effort between Trout Unlimited (TU) and Pheasants Forever (PF) providing an introduction to hunting, fishing, hiking, archery and more, with the overarching goal of showing how all of these outdoors activities are only possible with continued conservation practices for clean water, land and air that TU and PF undertake. Previous participants have come back to LCPF reporting an amazing all-around outdoors experience.
“TUNE Camp was a lot of fun, we learned about fly fishing, archery and many other activities, it really is The Ultimate Nature Experience” said Sam Prorok, LCPF Ringneck Member who attended in 2011.