Pheasant hunters and conservationists in Sumner County have formed a new Pheasants Forever chapter, the Slate Creek Valley Ringnecks.
The group is dedicated to improving the area's wildlife habitat, providing local farmers and landowners with information on available conservation programs, and giving youth opportunities to experience the outdoors.
The chapter is led by Travis Cook, a Conway Springs resident, avid upland hunter, and the chapter's newly elected president. "Our main goal is to work hand in hand with area farmers and landowners, helping to restore local habitat through the use of the various conservation programs that are beneficial to both landowners and wildlife," says Cook. "We're also looking forward to hosting mentored youth hunts and hopefully getting kids in the county together to shoot trap and sporting clays at chapter events."
"The Slate Creek Valley Ringnecks is a very energetic group of volunteers, who are interested in creating events and activities for the community," says Marc Glades, Pheasants Forever's Kansas Regional Representative. "They are also extremely interested in working with landowners and farmers and showing them what resources are available to them along with putting marginal land back into habitat."
"We are at a stage in our lives where we want to get more involved with our community, and this chapter is a helpful way of doing just that," Cook says. "This past year we were hit hard with drought and it has been difficult on the pheasants as well, so we want to help them out and rebuild the habitat."
The Slate Creek Valley Ringnecks Pheasants Forever chapter has also elected Shane Gerber of Conway Springs as treasurer, Mark Winter of Viola as banquet chairperson, Eric Matthews of Conway Springs as habitat chairperson, and Darrin Siewert of Conway Springs as youth education chairperson.
For more information about the chapter, including the chapter's next meeting, contact Travis Cook at 620-200-0652 or Email Travis.
Kansas is home to 39 Pheasants Forever chapters, 12 Quail Forever chapters, which combined have more than 7,100 members.
For more information on Pheasants Forever in Kansas, contact Marc Glades at 620-218-0557 or Email Marc. For all other inquiries, please contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever Public Relations Specialist, at 651-209-4973 or Email Rehan.
Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 130,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.