1) Our 1st project: A donation of $4,000 that created an $8,000 habitat improvement project on Packsaddle WMA, Ellis County, OK (Removed Old World Blue Stem, replaced 50 acres of native grasses on the Packsaddle public hunting area along with removing 3.77 miles of fencing).
2) Habitat donation of $8000 to Cross Timbers WMA,Love County,OK. The money donated will generate a $32,000 project to purchase an offset disc necessary to create, maintain firebreaks to facilitate prescribed burns along with restoration of native grasses & shrubs in areas that need it. ETA for project to begin is January 2014.
3) Donation to ODWC for Cooper & Fort Supply WMAs for purchase of a V-cutter grapple bucket attachment & completion of a portable fire suppression skid unit. Both to help eradicate Eastern Red Cedar, help utilize prescribed burning to manage, improve habitat for wildlife for the NW & Western OK.
4) Donation to the Drummond Flats NAWCA Phase 1 acquisition, purchased in 2006 through a coalition of numerous partners including Quail Forever.
5) Assisted in purchase of a skid steer, tree cutter attachment and trailer to be used for cedar tree removal on western OK WMAs.
6) Purchased 2 prescribed burn trailers for the OK Prescribed Burn Association to be used throughout the state.
7) Purchased burn equipment to be used on Beaver WMA as part of ODWC quail research project,Beaver County,OK. The equipment has already assisted with 5 burns in 2013 at Beaver River, Cooper and Packsaddle WMAs totaling 3,200 acres.
Research projects –$2750 donated for research not including time spent. Youth Education, Events & Shooting –$8737 spent. Public Awareness Education, Events & Shooting –$3885 spent. $63,023 has been spent generating $118,548 in projects, education, research & public awareness in just 8 years!
It’s much bigger than that. It’s about the fact that a region of North America, that was once considered a mecca of wildlife, is now in peril of disappearing – due to converting prairies to croplands that utilize destructive farming and ranch techniques, shortsightedness on the part of land policymakers, aggressive urbanization, and fragmentation of our grasslands. In fact, most people don’t realize that the Great Plains ecosystem is now considered to be one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the world. There are astounding numbers of both plant and wildlife species that are threatened, endangered or on its way to that level. In the words of Candace Savage:“Over the last two hundred years, human beings have hit the prairies with the force of a major geological crisis...”
No wonder then Bobwhite quail populations have declined 65% in the past 30 years. If 79% of the prairie is gone, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that no wildlife can sustain its previous population numbers with just a fifth of the land they had before. There are a number of factors that make a solution to this problem quite complicated. Bobwhite quail need a complex system of plants around them to provide food, shelter, nesting, brood rearing, and roosting habitat. Compounding the problem is the invasion of native grasslands by Eastern Red Cedar trees which destroys habitat necessary for prairie wildlife to survive. So we’re also involved on a regional level to help combat this very serious threat to our prairies. With 95% of the land in Oklahoma privately owned, we’re challenged to create solutions that can only be solved by working together on a local, regional and national level to bring about long term change.
What are we to do? Outdoorsmen, being the number one conservationists, can’t do this alone. It must become engrained upon the minds of everyone to facilitate solutions. But it’s going to take more than that – you have to get involved too.
How will you tell your grandkids there used to be a time when families and friends gathered together with their beloved bird dogs, favorite shotgun and stories of yesteryear to walk a crisp, cold morning seeking the thrill of the flushing rise of a majestic covey? Will you tell them that opportunity doesn’t exist because not enough people heeded that call to action?
They say it takes a village to raise a child or in this case, it takes a coalition of committed volunteers and partners to work together and create a future for those generations ahead of us. We must take up that mantle and stand resolute in our commitment to all forms of conservation if we wish to accomplish those goals. Together we can make a difference.
Youth Education, Events & Shooting – a total of $8737 spent on youth:
1) Host & Funded 8 yrs of annual youth education shoots free to participants that includes shooting clays, shells, safety instruction lunch and Quail Forever Whistler memberships
2) Donations to theOklahomaYouth Hunter Education Challenge OKYHEC
3) Donations to Pass it On, Outdoor Mentors Program
4) Sponsor scholarships to the Leopold Education Project (LEP) annual conference
5) Donation to the ECU Shooting Team competition
6) Donation to the NOC Shooting Team competition
7) Forever Shooting Sports Youth Program
How do you put a value on youth education and outreach? It’s priceless! We have reached out to and/or supported more than 2850 kids since the beginning.
1) Host & Funded 5 yrs of annual military appreciation family shoot and picnic free to participants that includes lunch – reaching more than 300 military & family.
2) Hosted Wounded Warrior Quail Hunt
3) Donated to the Quail Forever Legislative Action Fund
4) Help fund Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) Ranch Conversation seminars held by the High Plains RC&D Council
5) Donation to the South Eastern Quail Study Group meeting held atQuartzMountainin southwesternOklahoma
6) Donation to the Red River Quail Symposium hosted by Fred Guthery ofOklahomaand Dale Rollins ofTexas
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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