Carmi, Ill. – May 13, 2010 – White County in Illinois is home to a new Quail Forever chapter. Bobwhite quail hunters and conservationists in the southern Illinois county20070809_qflogo formed the local conservation group to make a difference for quail habitat while creating outdoor opportunities for area youth.

As a Quail Forever chapter, the White County Quail Forever group will utilize Quail Forever’s local approach to wildlife habitat conservation. Unlike other national conservation organizations, Quail Forever gives local Quail Forever chapters the ability to decide how 100 percent of their fundraised dollars are spent. This local control provides chapters and members the ability to make things happen for wildlife in their communities, while belonging to a national organization that gives wildlife and conservation a voice in Washington, D.C.

Helping lead White County Quail Forever’s charge is Brady Wooten, a Farm Bill Biologist for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever who covers White, Wayne and Edwards Counties in southern Illinois. As a  Farm Bill Biologist for “The Habitat Organization,” Wooten works to educate farmers and landowners – through one-on-one consulting – about the benefits of conservation programs (such as the Conservation Reserve Program and Environmental Quality Incentives Program), as well as assisting farmers and landowners through program implementation.

“Our chapter would like to emphasize our goal of restoring and enhancing habitat around the area,” said Wooten, “Those who are interested in implementing wildlife habitat projects on their properties should contact our chapter. In addition, we will also be concentrating on youth opportunities so the younger generation can be an active part of our chapter, this is an important step in continuing great outdoor traditions.”

White County Quail Forever

  • Chapter leaders include Mitch Gross, chapter president, from Carmi; and Brady Wooten, chapter treasurer, also from Carmi.
  •  The White County chapter will be holding its next meeting at 6:30PM on Thursday, May 20th at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Carmi, Illinois.
  • The White County Chapter will be holding a banquet in the fall/winter of 2010, details TBA.
  • For more information about habitat projects or to become a member of the White County chapter, contact Brady Wooten at 217-853-9621 or bwooten@pheasantsforever.org.

Quail Forever is the quail division of Pheasants Forever. Illinois is home to 18 Quail Forever chapters, 43 Pheasants Forever chapters and 9,000 members of “The Habitat Organization.” For more information about Quail Forever in Illinois, contact Tim Caughran, Quail Forever Regional Wildlife Biologist, at 618-791-3909 and TCaughran@quailforever.org.

Quail Forever is the quail division of Pheasants Forever. Quail Forever is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of quail, pheasant and other upland wildlife through habitat improvement, public awareness, education and advocacy for sound land management policy. For additional information please visit www.QuailForever.org.