GIP-press release

Nebraska PheasantsForever
Press Release
 Rick Windham – PressAgent   308-539-0684

Nebraska Pheasants Forever announces a new conservation and habitat enhancement program to its long list of offerings that benefits both game and non-game species. It is called, the Grassland Improvement Program.

This new program is a partnership between Pheasants Forever, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska Partnership for All-Bird Conservation, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Quail Forever. The objective of the program is to improve grassland health and vigor in the state. Good grass habitat is the key to better pheasant populations.

This program is a continuation of very successful conservation programs offered in Central Nebraska since 2006. The program will offer landowners the opportunity to control cedars and invasive grasses like smooth brome and Kentucky bluegrass.

This is a very unique program, only offered in Nebraska and in just in six counties: Adams, Franklin, Harlan, Phelps and Webster.

Informational meetings are scheduled as follows:

August 24 - Minden - Kearney County Fairgrounds - 7pm to 8:30pm
August 25 - Red Cloud - Trail Blazer RC&D Building - 7pm to 8:30pm
August 27 - Alma - Lower Republican NRD Building - 7pm to 8:30pm

It is anticipated that the program will be fully enrolled in the six county area by January 2010. Interested landowners should call early, because this is a first-come-first-served program, and funding is limited. Pheasants Forever hopes to expand this program to additional counties in the future.

Contact your local NRCS office or Pheasants Forever at 308-754-5339 for more information.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education.  Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 125,000 members in 750 local chapters across the continent.