Thermopolis, Wyo. – August 6, 2008 – Conservationists and hunters from Hot Springs and Fremont Counties in west-central Wyoming have formed the state’s newest Pheasants Forever (PF) chapter, the Wind River Chapter of PF. The Wind River chapter’s unique location will give them the opportunity to improve wildlife habitat that benefits local populations of pheasant, chuckar, sage grouse, antelope, mule deer, elk and even trout.
“Pheasants Forever and the Wind River chapter represent much more than just pheasants, we’ll be doing habitat work that will benefit all forms of wildlife,” explained Bob Hix, PF Regional Representative in Wyoming, “This region’s population of people may be small but they are absolute outdoorsmen and women who truly love wildlife, and that’s why they want to make their outdoor paradise even better.”
In order to do this, the chapter will continue PF’s close relationship with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to work on both private and public lands. With the Department’s tremendous support of PF, the chapter will be able to establish consistent and considerable amounts of water and cover for wild game.
Arid conditions do create some challenges. “The areas in which we have chuckar, antelope and other wildlife are some of the very same acres that don’t have a steady water supply because they have been hit the hardest by drought,” said Wind River’s newly elected president, Chris Pebbles, “A large focus of ours is going to be on working with ranchers to set aside not only land for seeding and food plots, but more importantly to set up water guzzlers for the animals to rehydrate from.”
Along with the responsibility of conserving and protecting habitat, the Wind River chapter also understands the importance of educating and involving youth in outdoor recreational activities. “All of our chapter members have kids and we all want to see our children grow up having hunting opportunities that will outlast them far into the future,” said Trina Batista, the Wind River chapter’s treasurer/secretary chair, “We’re looking to become heavily involved with getting kids outdoors in any way possible, that is why we’re planning youth specific events and hunts while also working with local schools and groups like 4-H clubs.”
The chapter will hold their next meeting in September (date and location to be determined). To receive additional information about the meeting or the chapter in general, please contact Chris Pebbles at (307)921-0286 or via email at email@example.com.
For more information on PF in Wyoming, to start a chapter or join one of the state’s six existing chapters, contact Bob Hix at (303)743-8957 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PF empowers chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100% of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent – the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. As a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy.
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.
For additional information about Pheasants Forever, please visit www.PheasantsForever.org