The state of Iowa currently supports 103 Pheasants Forever chapters, 1 Quail Forever chapter and 4 student Pheasants Forever Chapters within its 99 counties. 20,000 PF/QF members support this chapter framework along with state/national efforts. PF/QF in Iowa has long been considered the state leader in habitat projects, land acquisitions, youth conservation outreach and conservation policy among all Pheasants Forever states throughout the nation.
Since 1985, Iowa PF/QF chapters have established 538,911 acres of nesting cover; 253,983 acres of food & cover plots; 31,332 winter cover plantings (10.6 million shrubs and trees) on private lands; restored 17,755 acres of wetlands; completed mid-contract management on 131,535 acres of CRP, and more. Additionally, over $9.3 million has been cost-shared by Iowa PF/QF chapters to purchase more than 691 public wildlife areas (81,343 acres) with natural resource agencies. PF/QF in Iowa has spent over $6.5 million on youth conservation outreach and public relations. Our programs have impacted over 55,000 youth. In all, Iowa Pheasants Forever chapters invested over $41.1 million on more than 100,000 habitat projects impacting over 1,004,971 acres, countless equipment purchases, and conservation education that have positively influenced the lives of thousands of Iowa youth.
In 2011, Iowa's Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters spent over $2.37 million on habitat projects and conservation education. The past five years, Iowa PF/QF chapters have allocated an average of $2.52 million on our shared mission.
Beginning in the fall of 2009, the Reload Iowa program has employed professional wildlife biologist to provide technical assistance to landowners utilizing the federal farm bill and state conservation programs. A diverse group of governmental and non-governmental partners have made significant contributions, exceeding $1 million plus in-kind services, to fund the hiring of the initial five Farm Bill Biologist. Those partners include: IDNR, IDALS, NRCS, FSA, SWCD’s, USFWS, PF Chapters, PF State Council and various corporate and non-profit entities. Thus far, PF’s Farm Bill Biologist, serving eleven counties across the state, have provided technical assistance to over 1,500 landowners impacting 14,225 acres of habitat.
This 5 year program provided funding for SWCD’s to hire Technicians in 87 Iowa SWCD’s to promote Continuous CRP and assist landowners in with practices. The partnership included PF, IDNR, SWCD’s, NRCS, and NFWF, and resulted in over 25,000 CRP contracts, and 215,578 acres of buffer practices. Partner contributed $2,048,689 in funds. PF and DNR contributed in excess of $660,000 to the project.
A $100,000 National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Grant was matched with monies from the Iowa PF Trust Fund, PF Endowment, PF chapters, other partners, to cost share prairie acquisitions with Iowa DNR and County Conservation Boards. The partnership helped acquire and protect 1108 acres (8 projects) of unique prairie/wetland areas. In the final analysis, about $1.2 Million was directed to these acquisitions.
Two programs (including DNR, Pheasants Forever, USF & WS and Truax Company) provided a $3K incentive (per drill) for Iowa PF chapters and County Conservation Boards to buy native grass drills—resulting in 20 native grass drills being placed throughout Iowa—a commitment of over $250,000.
Pheasants Forever solicited funds from chapters to assist in the development of the DNR’s Native Seed Production Program. PF paid for lease of a Case IH combine the first year and then bought the combine for the DNR in the second year of the program. DNR bought the head for the combine.
When there was a need to show public/sportsmen support for the DNR’s new Private Lands Program, the Iowa State Pheasants Forever Council contributed $50,000 to the program. Pheasants Forever National also assisted by handling administration for the program, which continues to grow today.
Springbrook needed a shotgun shooting facility on the grounds of the Education Center for programs such as Outdoor Journey and Hunting & Conservation Camp (these programs directed at youth and hunting have impacted thousands of Iowa youngsters). PF contributed $15,000 for automatic trap throwers and a trailer to haul equipment. It has been used extensively at Springbrook and statewide.
Pheasants Forever hired a “Habitat Specialist” to implement habitat projects in a four county target area in south central Iowa over 5 years. The Habitat Specialist planted native grass and forb mixes, created food plots, improved old CRP fields and conducted many prescribed fire. PF’s commitment financial commitment exceeded $500,000.