“We are pleased to announce that our QUWF Conservation Seed Program has exceeded the $2.5 million dollar mark representing 73 tractor trailer loads of seed to landowners in 15 different states,” states Craig Alderman of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc. Conservation seed must be used for wildlife enhancement only and includes wheat, corn, soybeans, milo and clovers. “Our QUWF seed program serves private and public landowners as well as other conservation organizations. We only charge transportation costs and actual delivery costs so the seed is made available through contracts from major seed suppliers to QUWF at an exceptional discount. Germination rates are very good for conservation work and provide many benefits to wildlife at all times of the year” declares Alderman. “Our full time Habitat Seed Coordinator works year round to find, coordinate and deliver seed all over the country, special thanks to Mrs. Richardson whose tireless dedication to wildlife makes QUWF the company it is,” says Alderman.
“This program has distributed and planted 151,616 thousand actual acres and has impacted 3 million acres of affected wildlife habitat,” explains QUWF Chief Biologist Nick Prough. The pure dollar value of those acres planted and affected, millions of dollars, are exceeded by the population stabilization and recovery of quail, dove, pheasant, rabbit, deer, turkey and many song birds all done by conservationists who care about our upland wildlife. We are losing acres of wildlife habitat at an alarming scale with the fracturing effect of population growth, changing farming practices and general economic pressures. This program reflects real success in real dollars with wildlife population numbers,” states Prough.
QUWF is working on a new larger distribution plan with centralized drop off points to serve even more conservationists. “It takes thinking out of the box and working with partners who also benefit from great wildlife habitat and populations, to plan a better future” reveals Alderman. QUWF is designed for multiple species, all the time and by including continual flexibility built into its business model, it adapts to the changing needs of its local, grass roots chapters who retain and solely control the most “real dollars” for local habitat work than any other conservation organization.
Since 2010 through 2011, QUWF, and its local chapters and members have spent $5.92 million dollars on wildlife conservation and habitat management efforts on over 904,000 acres across the countries landscape.
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organization, serves its members and chapters nationwide, providing a strong local source of habitat focus on quail and upland wildlife and population recovery. Millions of dollars of habitat work have been completed by its members over the years on thousands of acres of both private and public lands, now that work continues with a renewed vitality. Our chapters from coast to coast, provide the grass roots, local habitat work that is making a difference each and every day. For more information or to join QUWF please visit our website at www.quwf.net.
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