In December, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), Pheasants Forever, Quality Deer Management Association, local Conservation Districts, USDA Farm Services Agency, the DNR, and many other partners came together to promote pheasant cooperatives and general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up around Southern Michigan. A second round of events promoting the CRP and cooperatives are taking place in January and February. January 2016 marks the 5th year of the Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI), and along with sharing the successes of the MPRI, general CRP is opening for enrollment. These programs work to assist financially to put quality wildlife habitat on the ground.
“The goal of these events is to provide landowners with valuable information and tools that equip them to create and enhance wildlife habitat on their properties,” said Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator with MUCC, Anna Mitterling. “Landowners will walk away with tips for increasing their odds to receive financial assistance, and will have personal access to experts who work with various habitat programs.”
The MPRI is a conservation initiative to restore and enhance Michigan pheasant habitat, populations, and hunting opportunities on private and public lands via pheasant cooperatives. The MPRI works by acquiring state and federal resources to assist landowners in the cooperatives to improve wildlife habitat on their properties and by improving habitat on selected state game areas, recreation areas, or other public lands.
"We are giving greater focus to small game hunting opportunities in Michigan," said Wildlife Division chief Russ Mason. "We believe by restoring our high-quality pheasant hunting tradition there will be the creation of new hunters and the return of hunters who have left the sport."
If you are interested in seeing more pheasants in your area, this event is for you. Visit www.michigan.gov/pheasant and www.mucc.org/cooperatives to learn more.
Events will start at 6:30pm
January 11: Caro Tech Center, 1401 Cleaver Rd., Caro, MI 48723 -- CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
January 21: Smith Hall, Clinton County Fairgrounds, 800 Sickles, St. Johns, MI 48879
February 2: Gratiot-Isabella RESD Building, 1131 E Center St, Ithaca, MI 48847
February 4: Alaiedon Township Hall, 2021 Holt Rd, Mason, MI 48854
February 8: Rooster Ranch, 7480 Germania Rd., Ubly, MI 48475
February 5: Cabela’s, 110 Cabela Blvd East, Dundee, MI 48131
February 18: Baltimore Township Hall, 3100 E Dowling Rd, Hastings, MI 49058
For more information on these events, contact Anna Mitterling at firstname.lastname@example.org.