“This property has it all.” Those were the words articulated by chapter volunteer Leonard Hanson of Chinook Pheasants Forever., describing a new land acquisition – the Chinook Conservation Site – located southeast of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The new 464-acre property contains 90 percent native habitat including diverse coulee systems, native grass uplands and Ross Creek riparian habitat. The parcel would make any upland bird hunter excited.
“The mosaic of habitat within this property supports ‘at risk’ species like northern leopard frogs and chestnut-collared longspurs. For the upland or big game hunter, the Chinook Conservation Site is also home to a wide variety of game species including ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and some extraordinary mule deer,” explained McCormick.
Thanks to financial backing from the Chinook and Calgary Pheasants Forever Chapters along with other dedicated partners, the Alberta Conservation Association was able to secure the three quarter-sections comprising the Chinook Conservation Site. Efforts to collaborate with landowners on safeguarding an additional 5,000 acres of land within the vicinity of this property are ongoing. Such purchases would aid in maintaining and enhancing a wildlife corridor along Ross Creek to conserve valuable wildlife habitat and provide excellent upland hunting opportunities for all, for all time.
About Pheasants Forever
, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever
, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 140,000 members and 740 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $867 million on 540,000 habitat projects benefiting 18 million acres nationwide.
Pheasants Forever supporter Tom Spoletini with a Canadian rooster harvested on the Chinook Conservation Site.