Habitat; without it we have nothing. Northern Colorado Pheasants Forever recognizes this and is committed to habitat improvement in Eastern Colorado; the heart of pheasant and quail habitat.
Here is the evidence:
- Pheasants Forever has three biologists strategically located on our eastern plains. These biologists have impacted over 531,851 acres and made over 3,700 landowner contacts since 2010. That is progress! Our chapter contributes thousands of dollars every year to help fund this program.
- In 2013, we contributed $5,000 to a no-trill drill that is now operational on our eastern plains.
- We will soon contribute over $10,000 towards a second no-till drill.
- We recently began an effort to include pollinator plots on our list of endeavors. In fall, 2014, we planted a pollinator plot just north of Windsor, CO. These efforts were recognized at the national level and were featured in the Spring 2015 Pheasants Forever magazine. We have plans for more plots in the coming months.
- Statewide, over $10,125,234 has been spent on habitat since 1989.
- Nationally, over 10,000,000 acres have been impacted.
Colorado’s Corners for Conservation a Win-Win for Landowners, Habitat, and Pheasant Hunters
In light of changes to the Conservation Reserve Program, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has partnered with Pheasants Forever, the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (through Natural Resources Conservation Service ), High Plains Land Conservancy and Muley Fanatics Foundation to provide Corners for Conservation—677 acres of grassland wildlife habitat and 82 new hunting spots in Phillips, Sedgwick, and Kit Carson Counties.
“Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proud to be a partner in this important effort for wildlife conservation on the Eastern Plains,” said Bob Broscheid, director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We are excited about the new opportunities to partner with Colorado landowners and Pheasants Forever to provide vitally important wildlife habitat and ensure hunting access for Colorado sportsmen and women.”
This joint habitat initiative provides a starting point to address the decline of Colorado’s grassland habitat while providing benefits for key wildlife species such as ring-necked pheasants, grassland songbirds, and pollinating insects. Corners for Conservation projects will be open to public hunting through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Walk-in Access program beginning on November 12, 2016. Interested small game hunters can locate these new sites in the forthcoming Late Cropland Atlas, due in late October 2016.
NOCOPF is highlighted in the 2014 Pheasants Forever Magazine
Check out the Article on Pg 45 of your new Pheasants Forever Magazine. It features Northern Colorado Pheasants Forever’s youth outreach efforts, and includes a picture of our latest Pollinator Plot Project!