For the last several years Minnesota residents have had access to an expanded Tiger Lake Waterfowl Production Area in Carver County, which has been named for an influential Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever volunteer.
Glenn McPadden was a founding member of the Carver County Pheasants Forever chapter, which began in 1986. For over 30 years McPadden was an integral leader of the chapter. He became a member of the chapter banquet committee in 1991 and served as the chapter treasurer from 1993 until 2002. After stepping away from his duties as treasurer, McPadden continued to serve on the banquet committee. In 2014, when the Carver County Chapter was on the verge of folding, McPadden took over the treasurer position once again and helped reinvigorate the chapter. McPadden continued to serve as the treasurer until his passing in December 2020.
“Dad put his heart and soul into Pheasants Forever. He spent countless hours on projects as a member and treasurer,” said McPadden’s daughter Jamiee. “We couldn't be more proud of his dedication and service to Pheasants Forever over the past 35 years and we hope his legacy continues to inspire others to promote wildlife conservation.”
During his time with Pheasants Forever, McPadden was a recipient of the Pheasants Forever Dedication Award, given to local chapter members who exhibit great dedication to the core values of the Habitat Organization. He was also a member of the Longspur Society, which is made up of individuals whose blood runs blaze orange and have demonstrated a continued commitment to Pheasants Forever over a long period of time.
The Glenn McPadden tract of Tiger Lake WPA consists of 136 acres of restored grasslands and wetlands adjacent to Tiger Lake, a state designated wildlife lake.. The property is a prime waterfowl hotspot, but also houses pheasants, deer and turkey and builds onto a growing complex of other public and private land habitat. Multiple partners helped to make this project a reality including; Outdoor Heritage Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Carver County chapter of Pheasants Forever, Hamburg Hunting and Fishing Club, and the Conservation Partners of America.
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 120,000 members and 760 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent over $950 million on 560,000 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres nationwide. In fact, more than 210,000 of those acres are now permanently protected as public lands.