Michigan’s Adopt-A-Game-Area Program Set to Improve 1,108 Public Acres in 2020

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The Michigan Adopt-A-Game-Area Program is Setting A High Bar

Pheasants Forever & partners in Michigan are preparing to implement their first full-year of projects as part of the state’s Adopt-A-Game-Area Program (AAGAP). Fundraising efforts over the past twelve months are now supporting $389,515 worth of grassland improvement projects in Michigan’s primary pheasant range. These public lands restoration efforts, focused on upland habitat and led by Pheasants Forever’s AAGAP program coordinator Ben Beaman, will restore or enhance 1,108 acres of grasslands in 2020.

“Financial support from our dedicated chapters as well as corporate giving from a wide range of businesses has allowed the Adopt-A-Game-Area Program to flourish in it’s first year,” stated Beaman. “This program is setting a high bar for grassland restoration efforts throughout the state’s southern tier and is proving extremely additive to the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative. Thank you to the Michigan DNR as well as the Hal & Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation whose support of AAGAP makes this work possible."


The following list reflects fundraising totals and forthcoming mission expenditures per public area as well as Gold, ($25,000+), Silver ($5,000 - $24,999), and Bronze ($500 - $4,999) Adopt-A-Game-Area Program sponsors:

Allegan State Game Area
$15,150
Silver Sponsor: DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program
Bronze Sponsor: Allegan County PF, Grand Valley PF

Coldwater Lake State Park
$22,395
Silver Sponsor: Branch County PF, Consumers Energy Foundation
Bronze Sponsor: ITC Holdings Corp.

Cornish State Game Area
$23,000
Silver Sponsor: DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program
Bronze Sponsor: Anonymous Donor

Dr. Gordon Guyer State Fish & Wildlife Area
$18,560
Silver Sponsor: DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program

Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area
$10,100
Silver Sponsor: DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program
Bronze Sponsor: Gratiot County PF

Maple River State Game Area
$24,150
Silver Sponsor: Consumers Energy Foundation
Bronze Sponsor: ITC Holdings Corp.

Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area
$44,000
Gold Sponsor: Consumers Energy Foundation
Silver Sponsor: Bay Area Community Foundation – Environmental Endowment Fund
Bronze Sponsor: Bay Area Community Foundation – Northern Bay County Fund

Petersburg State Game Area
$18,310
Silver Sponsor: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – SE MI Resilience Fund
Bronze Sponsor: ITC Holdings Corp., Monroe County PF

Pinconning Township State Game Area
$8,000
Silver Sponsor: Bay Area Community Foundation – Environmental Endowment Fund
Bronze Sponsor: Bay Area Community Foundation – Northern Bay County Fund

Port Huron State Game Area
$24,966
Silver Sponsor: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – SE MI Resilience Fund, St. Clair County PF
Bronze Sponsor: Flint SCI

Rose Lake State Wildlife Area
$5,845
Bronze Sponsor: Ingham County PF, Michigan PF State Council

Sharonville State Game Area
$77,444
Gold Sponsor: DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program
Silver Sponsor: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – SE MI Resilience Fund
Bronze Sponsor: Washtenaw County PF

Shiawassee River State Game Area
$19,150
Silver Sponsor: DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program
Bronze Sponsor: Saginaw County PF

St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area
$8, 650
Silver Sponsor: DTE Energy Foundation
Bronze Sponsor: Enbridge Inc.

St. Johns Marsh State Game Area
$29,512
Silver Sponsor: Consumers Energy Foundation, DTE Energy Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – SE MI Resilience Fund, St. Clair County PF
Bronze Sponsor: Enbridge Inc.

Verona State Game Area
$40,283
Silver Sponsor: Consumers Energy Foundation, DNR Wildlife Habitat Grant Program 
Bronze Sponsor: ITC Holdings Corp., Macomb County PF

A huge thank you to Michigan’s dedicated local chapters and corporate sponsors who’ve supported Adopt-A-Game-Area Program projects. To learn more about the AAGAP property nearest you or to contribute, please contact Ben Beaman at bbeaman@pheasantsforever.org or (313) 418-4341.