Upland Habitat Focus of Inaugural Minn. Governor’s Pheasant Summit

Upland habitat conservation solutions were the focus of the more than 300 conservationists and pheasant hunters who assembled in Marshall, Minn., for the state’s first-ever Pheasant Summit, convened by Governor Mark Dayton.
The group collectively submitted more than two dozen ideas for consideration, including the following “top five” for inclusion in the development of a four-year action plan to accelerate the creation and restoration of pheasant habitat.
Recommended Action Items
1) Enforce existing laws – buffers, roadsides, easements
2) Increase bonding funds for Wildlife Management Area acquisition
3) Target funding to specific, high-quality habitat areas through state, local, Federal cost-share programs
4) Increase state and local funding
5) Create competitive compensation for long-term/perpetual conservation practices
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources commissioner Tom Landwehr said all ideas put on the table via the Minnesota Pheasant Summit event will be analyzed and captured in a report – compiled with help from Pheasants Forever and other conservation partners as part of a working group – to be presented at his agency’s upcoming Roundtable event on Friday, January 16, 2015.

Photo: Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever's President and CEO, addresses Minnesota Pheasant Summit attendees as Ron Schara, the event emcee, looks on. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

-Anthony Hauck is Pheasants Forever’s online editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.