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Chapter News - January 20, 2009

PF - partners in purchasing 140 acres of pubic land for upland hunting

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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DNR, PF to Acquire 140 Acres near Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area
PF helps create more public hunting opportunities
 
Gratiot County, Mich. – January 13, 2009 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will partner with Pheasants Forever (PF) to acquire 140 acres of land in Gratiot County that is adjacent to the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area. DNR Director Rebecca Humphries authorized the transaction at a recent Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing.
 
The land, which is split in two parcels, a 120-acre parcel and a 20-acre one, is located in Hamilton Township in Gratiot County. Humphries authorized the transaction up to $370,000, with the purchase being paid for by the Turkey Habitat Acquisition Fund, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and a $10,000 gift from Pheasants Forever.
 
"This acquisition is significant because of the upland bird habitat on the property," said Humphries. "This will help us consolidate ownership, prevent land fractionalization, increase public recreational opportunities and secure additional wildlife habitat. This is an important wildlife corridor connecting existing state ownership at the Gratiot-Saginaw State Game Area."
 
"The DNR especially wishes to recognize the contribution of $10,000 from our conservation partner, Pheasants Forever," said DNR Wildlife Chief Russ Mason. "A significant portion of the land being acquired contains the habitat necessary for this special game bird, and by its actions, Pheasants Forever has helped to create more hunting opportunities for Michigan citizens."
 
The Gratiot-Saginaw State Game area is 15,892 acres in both Saginaw and Gratiot counties. For more information online, go to the www.michigan.gov/dnr.
 
The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.
 

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education.  PF/QF has more than 129,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent