We called for awesome conservation projects and you all delivered with some of the best projects we’ve since we opened our Conservation Fund in 2009. This year, we turned the voting over to you through our Future Forward Fund Grant Contest. With $25, 000 on the line, you all came out in droves to vote on a deserving project to take home the cash. After 2 months of voting, we are pleased to announce our Winner and Runner-Up:
Winner: Crawford County Landfill Reclamation
The Crawford County Pheasants Forever Chapter’s project, Crawford County Landfill Reclamation, took home the Grand Prize with 4,485 votes. They will receive $25,000 to complete their project. The Crawford County project focuses on enhancing habitat for the ring-necked pheasant by restoring tall-grass prairie. The goal of the proposed project is to grow the amount of tall-grass prairie on the 1,115 acres managed by the Crawford County Conservation Board from the current .2 percent to 13 percent. To read more about the details of this exciting project, go to http://fff.sportdog.com/project/7/crawford-county-landfill-reclamation/.
Runner-Up: Habitat for Homecroft
The St. Louis/Clarion Country Pheasants Forever Chapter’s project, Habitat for Homecroft, took home the Runner-Up and $5,000 with 4,112 votes. The Habitat for Homecroft project focuses on establishing an outdoor classroom where school and community youth will receive hands-on learning about wildlife ecology, conservation and biology. This includes re-establishing natural and functional habitat for native flora and fauna with the addition of a new wetland. The project includes the purchase of county tax forfeit land adjacent to a school. To read more details about the Homecroft project, go to http://fff.sportdog.com/project/4/habitat-for-homecroft.
We are incredibly proud of all the projects that were entered this year, and the communities that came together to raise awareness and votes for their projects. It was really inspiring to see the outpouring of support for these projects. We have every intention of doing this again, so if you have a great project, or are looking to start, keep us in mind for next year.
Congratulations to our winners and all of our projects. Look forward to updates on these two and all of our projects throughout the year!