Pheasants Forever

Attica, N.Y. – November 21, 2007 – Residents in New York’s Wyoming County have formed the state’s newest Pheasants Forever (PF) chapter, the Wyoming County Chapter of PF. The chapter, the state’s tenth, is dedicated to increasing the local pheasant population through habitat improvements.

Located in western New York, Wyoming County’s pheasant population has dropped off mainly due to changes in farming practices. “We’re in a rural area,” said Ken Fridmann, the chapter’s newly-elected president, “There are bigger farms than there used to be, and that has meant fewer hedgerows that the birds can call home. And the smaller farms have become overgrown and are in need of management.”

The chapter, already 35 members strong, is gearing up for its first-ever banquet, will take place on Saturday, March 1st, at the Alexander Recreation Hall in Alexander, New York. Funds raised at the banquet will spur the chapter’s upcoming habitat projects. PF is the only national conservation organization that empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds are spent. This local control allows chapters to see the fruits of their chapter efforts in their own communities. “Our first banquet will help get our habitat projects off the ground – and in the ground,” Fridmann said.

The Wyoming County chapter has also elected Todd Buckenmeyer of Alexander as treasurer, Todd S. Kingdon of Wyoming and Tim Snyder of Attica as co-habitat chairs, Thomas P. Miller of North Java as youth/education chair,and Karl Drasgow of Varysburg as banquet chair. The chapter will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 PM at Louie’s Lounge in Attica. The media and public are invited to attend. For more information on the meeting and to order tickets for the chapter’s upcoming banquet, contact Ken Fridmann at (585)591-0818 or via email at kss24@verizon.net.

If you are interested in starting a chapter or joining one of New York’s 10 existing chapters, contact Shon Robbins, PF’s Regional Wildlife Biologist in New York, at (570)925-5870 or via email atsrobbins@pheasantsforever.org. The first New York chapter of PF formed in 1985. Since then, the state’s 10 chapters and 700 members have spent over $200,000 to complete over 3,000 habitat projects, benefiting over 34,000 New York acres for wildlife.

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 115,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.