With the support of people like you, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Build a Wildlife Area® program has permanently protected more than 22 square miles of habitat in 14 states through this unique, partner-driven matching gift program.
The South Skunk River Wildlife Area addition & Oxbow Bottoms Wildlife Management Area are permanent habitat protection projects contributing to the goals of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Call of the Uplands® national campaign - a monumental initiative to save America’s uplands and cultivate the next generation of conservationists and hunters.
This week we’re celebrating our past successes, sharing more about our ambitious goals, and rallying to raise support for the Build a Wildlife Area program.
Welcome to Build a Wildlife Area Week!
The 482-acre South Skunk River Wildlife Area Addition contains a mosaic of native prairie and wetlands that will be managed for the benefit of upland wildlife and public access, located a short distance from the Des Moines metro region.
South Skunk Wildlife Area
Native upland prairie and cool season grasses on the flood plain of the South Skunk River comprise the majority of habitat types, as well as several wetland areas that hold surface water and patches of willow trees. The property’s eastern boundary is shared with the 243-acre Pheasants Forever Unit and is also near Beyers Bridge Skunk River Access, Carpenter Wildlife Area and the Foreman Nature Preserve to create a complex of public lands. The property holds a variety of game species, including pheasants, waterfowl, turkey, deer and mourning dove.
The South Skunk River Wildlife Area addition was purchased through the Build a Wildlife Area® program, with funding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited, and local Pheasants Forever chapters including: Jasper County Pheasants Forever, Northern Polk Pheasants Forever, Iowa Capitol Pheasants Forever, Mahaska County Pheasants Forever, Poweshiek County Pheasants Forever, and Covered Bridge Pheasants Forever.
Oxbow Bottoms Wildlife Management Area
Oxbow Bottoms WMA is a 251-acre property in Tama County, Iowa. The Iowa River runs through the eastern third of its landscape with the remaining tract consisting of river bottom, wetlands, and upland prairie.
This project was made possible through the Build a Wildlife Area® program, with funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Pittman-Robertson Act, Marshall-Tama Chapter of Pheasants Forever, onX Hunt, individual donors, and 17 additional Pheasants Forever chapters in Iowa.
By donating to our Build a Wildlife Area, you will ensure our organization is able to secure more properties like the recent South Skunk Wildlife Area & Oxbow Bottoms Wildlife Management Area in central Iowa.
This week only, support the permanent protection efforts of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever with a donation of $50 or more to Build a Wildlife Area and you’ll receive a FREE onX Hunt Elite Membership with map layers for all 50 states!