Pheasants Forever has been the recipient of 235 acres in Martin County that has permanently conserved wildlife habitat and created more upland access. The Maday Wildlife Tract, celebrated on September 9th
with a gathering of partners and sportsmen, is now open to public use for anyone to access and enjoy.
“It’s incredible to see the Maday family have such an affinity for conservation and the mission of Pheasants Forever,” stated Bryan Gregor, a conservationist and volunteer with the Martin County Chapter of Pheasants Forever. “This land gift along with the family’s generosity will now ensure the property stays protected forever as productive wildlife habitat. With some pretty amazing habitat already in place, the public now has a premier wildlife area to cherish and enjoy.”
Featuring a diverse mixture of upland and wetland habitat, the Maday Wildlife Tract is currently enrolled into Minnesota’s Walk-In-Access program. Walk-In Access provides public hunting opportunities on private land that is already enrolled in existing conservation programs or lands with high quality natural cover. Pheasants Forever will retain ownership of this tract and will also allow public use. Hunting is allowed on the property with hunters urged to follow all state and federal regulations.
“Martin County Pheasants Forever has placed a lot of value on fostering the next generation of conservationists,” stated current Martin County Pheasants Forever chapter president, Joe Maidl. “We intend to showcase this fantastic project by hosting learn-to-hunt and other educational events on this land in future years for both youth and adults that want to get connected to the outdoors. We are grateful to the Maday family for such a unique conservation opportunity.”
The Maday Wildlife Tract can be found just northeast of Granada, MN. Partners involved in the project include the Martin County Pheasants Forever Chapter and the willing landowners, Tom and Jeanne Maday.
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 130,000 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.