Monday, November 11, 2013

Applications Now Available for 2014 Habitat Projects

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St. Clair County Pheasants Forever members who are interested in planting a habitat project in the spring of 2014 are encouraged to act quickly. Although the conservative plan will be to once again use the 80% / 20% cost share program (where our chapter will pick up 80% of the cost of seed and you, the PF Habitat Cooperator, will pay the remaining 20%), we are hopeful that a successful banquet this March will allow PF to cover an even higher percentage of the cost.

Please click on the following link to review the Habitat Project Guidelines, then click on the Habitat Seed Order / Agreement Form link to download and print. Please complete the form and mail it to the provided address.

The information about habitat projects is also available in the right sidebar of this page.

Due to the increasing number of projects and increased fertilizer prices, we will be unable to provide fertilizer for habitat projects in 2014. Adair Grain and Feed has agreed to offer fertilizer at the reduced PF bulk-rate pricing to any PF Habitat Cooperator.

Your order confirmation will be mailed back in March indicating your order number and the week you can pick up your seed.

Please read the Guidelines thoroughly before completing the form to avoid any possible misunderstanding.

For members having difficulties with the forms, the following directions provide more details of the application process:

  1. Click on this link Habitat Project Guidelines
  2. At the top of the screen, find and click on the blue box that says "Download"
  3. Select the option "Direct Download"
  4. If prompted, chose a destination to save the file. The desktop is a convenient place to be able to find the file.
  5. Using your computer's operating system to navigate to the file you just download. If you can't find it, try searching "Habitat_Guidelines.pdf"
  6. Double-click on the downloaded file to open it in your computer's default pdf viewer (most likely Adobe Acrobat Reader).
  7. Once the file is open, you should be able to print it from the File --> Print menu.
  8. Another option to try is to make sure your web browser is current.
  9. Click on this link Habitat Seed Order / Agreement Form
  10. Repeat steps 2 through 7.

2013 Habitat Summary

In 2013, we had another active year with our habitat projects.  This season, we had 48 local cooperators and established 252 acres of habitat (including nesting habitat).   Because of your help and the successful banquet last year, we were able to fund the $11,800 costs of these projects.

In addition to our local projects, the Board elected to make a contribution to the MI Pheasant Restoration Initiative by funding some habitat work in the targeted areas in the Minden City and the Verona State Game Areas.  Our continued support of the MI Pheasant Restoration Initiative keeps us as one of the key partners at the state level.

2014 Banquet Information

Plans are under way for the 29th Annual Banquet. The banquet will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Perch Point Conservation Club, 7930 Meisner Road, Fair Haven, MI. 

The ticket price for this year’s banquet Membership Dinner is $60.00. Your ticket includes: the banquet dinner, a local, and national membership. Each membership purchased will receive a 1-year subscription to the Pheasants Forever Journal magazine, a membership card, a decal, and the opportunity to obtain seed for habitat projects next spring. Spouse (does not include a PF membership) and Ringneck (18 years-old and under) dinner tickets are $30.00 and $20, respectively. A spouse ticket admits a spouse to our dinner and the opportunity to participate in our raffles and auctions. Ringnecks will receive 4 issues of Upland Tales, a membership card, and a decal. All Spouse and Ringnecks must be accompanied by a Membership Dinner ticket holder.

The doors will open at 3:00 P.M., with dinner served at 4:30 P.M. The banquet will be a smoke-free event. Those wishing to smoke will need to go outside. The format will be similar to previous years and includes a live auction and raffle tables featuring guns, sporting goods, and PF merchandise. Tickets to the banquet are available now at VF Sports or by mail. You can also contact any chapter officer or board member for tickets. 

As a special incentive to individuals who pay for their PF Banquet Membership tickets prior to February 1, 2014, a raffle ticket will be issued for each dinner ticket purchased for an “Early Bird Raffle” at the banquet for a prize of a Henry .22 Lever Action Rife, with our local PF Logo engraved on the stock. This “Early Bird” offer is available regardless of where the ticket is purchased.

VF Sports is located at 4136 Lapeer Road in Port Huron, MI. If you are ordering tickets by mail, please mail a check for amount of tickets purchased (payable to Pheasants Forever) to: Jim Bearss, 6760 Abbottsford Rd., Ruby, MI 48049 and include a stamped, self-addressed, standard business sized envelope to return the tickets to you. 

All seating will be reserved. There will be a seating chart at the entrance showing all table numbers and the dinner ticket numbers assigned to each table (a table seats 8). Every attempt will be made to honor seating requests made prior to the evening. If you have a specific group you would like to sit near or have special needs such as handicap seating, please send a note to Jim Bearss. We will do our best to fulfill requests, NO GUARANTEES. The “stub” part of the ticket is used for national membership information and it is very important that you completely fill it out in a careful and legible fashion. Please include your phone number in case we have a membership question and need to call you. Please include an e-mail address as our chapter does, on occasion, share information electronically.

Please feel free to call any chapter officer if you have any questions or are interested in helping with the 2014 banquet. If you can think of a business that may be willing to place an ad or donate an item for raffle or auction, please let us know.

Monday, November 26, 2012

2012 Habitat Summary

We are pleased to report another successful year for wildlife habitat improvement projects by local members.

This year, we had 56 habitat cooperators.   Seed was distributed to plant 205 acres of food plots.  60 acres of nesting habitat (pasture mix) was also distributed. Collectively, over $9,000 in seed cost alone was spent this year to improve habitat in St. Clair County.

This year, St. Clair County Pheasants Forever paid for 80% of the seed cost with the individual habitat cooperator covering 20% of the cost.  For past few years, fertilizer costs have been covered by the cooperator. 

In an effort to support the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative and create some large blocks of grassland pheasant nesting habitat,  St. Clair Co. Pheasants Forever Board of Directors voted to invest $1500 in the habitat improvement project in the Verona State Game Area in Huron County.  The Vernoa area is one the target areas strategically chosen by the State to beginning the Pheasant Restoration Project.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Blog Format

We're very excited to be publishing in a new format--a blog. We will be able to keep members and other Pheasants Forever supporters updated with current information and save money by reducing mailings at the same time.

This site will be updated as new posts are generated.