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Pheasants Forever Helps Develop Michigan Pheasant Recovery Initiative

Genesee County Chapter contributed $1000 toward the new Michigan pheasant recovery project.

Monday
Jun042018

Great News for the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative.....!

June 1, 2018

Contact: Mike Parker, DNR conservation partners program specialist, 517-898-3293

Michigan DNR seeking environmentally sensitive lands for habitat restoration
Goal is to encourage more monarch butterflies, pheasants, ducks and grassland birds to frequent southern Michigan

Starting Monday, June 4, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture will accept offers from rural landowners in 41 southern Michigan counties who want to voluntarily restore pollinator and wildlife habitat on their property. The solicitation is through the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), Southern Michigan Pheasant and Monarch Recovery, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Pheasants Forever, Inc.

“Any landowner in an eligible area is invited to visit their nearest Michigan USDA Service Center to learn about the Conservation Reserve Program and the pheasant and monarch recovery effort,” said DNR Director Keith Creagh. “We will accept up to 40,000 acres of environmentally sensitive land for the program, and work closely with the USDA, partners and landowners to improve wildlife habitat.”

SAFE is a federally funded voluntary program that assists agricultural producers and landowners with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat. In return, participants are provided annual rental payments, cost-share assistance and other financial incentives. 

Eligible Michigan counties include Allegan, Arenac, Barry, Bay, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Mecosta, Midland, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Ottawa, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Tuscola, Van Buren and Washtenaw. 

“Working with our partners at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources ensures producers have access to programs that continue to protect pollinators while ensuring agriculture is a sustainable business,” said USDA Farm Production and Conservation Under Secretary Bill Northey.

The additional 40,000 acres allotted for Southern Michigan Pheasant and Monarch Recovery are designed to increase diverse native grassland and wetland habitat for a variety of rare or declining species and species of significant social importance, including monarch butterfly, ring-necked pheasant, grasshopper sparrow, Henslow’s sparrow and mallard. The DNR identified these species and habitats as priorities in Michigan's Wildlife Action Plan and the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative.

The Michigan CRP SAFE, Southern Michigan Pheasant and Monarch Recovery effort consists of three practice focuses: buffers, wetlands and grasses (practices CP38A, CP38B and CP38E).

Interested producers can find out more information from the Michigan DNR or from any USDA Farm Service Agency county office at http://offices.usda.gov.

To learn more about the Conservation Reserve Program, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation

For information about how the DNR takes care of the state’s wildlife and habitat for the people of Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

To learn more about the Conservation Reserve Program, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation

For information about how the DNR takes care of the state’s wildlife and habitat for the people of Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/wildlife

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Monday
Mar272017

2018 Spring Seed Distribution is complete...

There will not be a 2nd' 2018 Spring Seed Distribution on Saturday May 19, 2018...there is no seed left to distribute.

 

We had a very successful seed distribution today on May 12, 2018.

Thanks for all the help from our Chapter volunteers and several PF cooperators who stayed to help us distribute the several tons of seed today.

A special thanks to Dan Hill at Montrose Orchard for allowing us to use his “Hoop Building” for our seed distribution. Kept us dry and warm....while we stored, sorted and distributed the seed, again this year.

"All our seed is basically gone and there will not be a 2nd distribution next week."

Now it’s time to plant and watch it grow.....🌻☘️🌸🌽🐝🐛

 We own a no-till drill for use to plant any of the seed listed above. There is a fee for the use of the drill which covers drill up keep and mileage to move the drill. CRP/SAFE seed mixes, PF grass mixes, or PF signature food plot mixes contact Jay. Questions and drill use can be directed to Jay at 810-635-7988 or jayblair@charter.net.  

See our Seed Drill in action...Click on the link below:

http://www.abc12.com/content/news/On-the-Trail-Using-a-no-till-drill-to-plant-native-grasses-that-boost-habitat-482587541.html

 

GENESEE COUNTY PF CHAPTER'S GREAT PLAINS NO-TILL DRILL

  • ·      GREAT PLAINS NO-TILL DRILL-605NT
  • ·      6-FOOT-WIDE - 7 INCH SEED ROW SPACING
  • ·      HYDRAULIC CYLINDERS TO LIFT/LOWER DRILL
  • ·      PULL TYPE DRILL
  • ·     50 HP TRACTOR WITH A HYDRAULIC CONNECTION IS REQUIRED
  • ·      ACRE COUNTER
  • ·      3 HOPPERS
    • MIDDLE HOPPER – WARM SEASON GRASS AND WILDFLOWERS, SOME COOL SEASON GRASSES
    • BACK HOPPER – SWITCH GRASS, ALFALFA, CLOVERS

THE COST TO USE THE DRILL IS $125 FOR THE FIRST 10 ACRES.  $6/ACRE AFTER THE FIRST 10 ACRES:  PF WILL TAKE THE DRILL TO YOUR PROPERTY AND RETURN IT TO ITS STORAGE PLACE OR NEXT CUSTOMER.  PF WILL TAKE THE TIME TO SET THE DRILL FOR YOU OR AT LEAST EXPLAIN THE SET UP IF YOU ARE NOT READY AT TIME OF DELIVERY OR TRACTOR IS NOT AVAILABALE AT THE TIME OF DELIVERY.

Contact Jay Blair...to Reserve the PF Seed Drill...call 810-635-7988

or email...JayBlair@charter.net 

 

 

 

 

Associate Membership

$35.00

As a PF Associate you will receive:
  • PHEASANTS FOREVER magazine, which is published five times a year and features stories on upland bird hunting, guns, sporting dogs, habitat improvement projects, environmental issues, legislative action and other outdoor interests.
  • Window decal featuring Pheasants Forever logo.
  • Membership card for easy identification.
  • As a member of PF, have confidence your contributions ARE making a difference on the ground for wildlife and to future generations. Pheasants Forever and sister organization Quail Forever have converted your membership dollars into over 8 million acres of wildlife habitat. 

 

 

PF Members / Volunteers PF Volunteer Workday...a Very Successful Day!

Was held on April 1, 2017, to create brush piles for rabbit habitat...location (see attached map below) 

This site in on Farnsworth Rd in Lapeer County at a Lapeer State Game Area site. 
The meeting place is a DNR parking lot about 1/3 of a mile north of Coulter Rd and on the east side of Farnsworth Rd.

Thanks to all the volunteers for their help and support,

Jay Blair
Genesee Chapter Habitat Chairman

jayblair@charter.net


Tuesday
Feb172015

2015 Formed a Partnership with Lapeer and St. Clair PF Chapters, Michigan DNR and Lapeer Conservation District...

 

Our grant request for Lapeer State Game area habitat project we submitted along with Lapeer and St. Clair chapters was approved for $44189, $5061 less than the requested $49250. 

Each chapter committed $2500 in cash to get the $44189 grant funding ( 5.9 :1 match). 

Chapter is working with the Lapeer Chapter of Pheasants Forever and partnered with Lapeer and St. Clair Chapters then submitted a request for a grant from the DNR to improve and increase the pheasant habitat in the Lapeer State Game Area. With the help of our PF Regional Rep , Bill Vander Zouwen we are planning to work with the Conservation District and the DNR to submit a grant request with the DNR, for habitat improvement. The desired result is to make a significant improvement to the pheasant habitat in an area that is available for public hunting.

I will continue to keep you informed of the progress, as we work on the project into the spring.

These are photos show our prelimainary prep work and the PF and Young Marines that volunteered to help with the project. 





Tuesday
Apr022013

Lapper State Game Area being prepared to seed



Boom axe work. Did a very nice job of cleaning up the fields.




 

Genesee and Lapeer Chapter PF Volunteers on Workday 1




 

Work Day 2

Genesee and Lapeer Chapter PF Volunteers and Young Marines Volunteered to help us.