Knoxville, Tenn. (December 28, 2010) - SportDOG Brand® has awarded $20,000 to four conservation groups as part of the annual SportDOG Brand Conservation Fund® grant program. Award recipients were chosen by the company's Conservation Fund Grant Review Committee.
This year's recipients:
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will receive $5,000 to assist with the purchase of a tree-cutting tool for the expansion and maintenance of grassland and old-field habitat on the IDNR’s Salamonie Reservoir property. More than 1,200 acres are in need of succession control for the benefit of woodcock and upland birds and animals.
Pheasants Forever and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive $5,000 for a habitat reclamation project in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Fifty years ago, a flood control project, the Francis E. Walter Dam, left 250 acres of barren land in the area. Working together, PF and the Corps now have a goal of restoring native plant life to the area, creating viable habitat and food sources for all wildlife, and providing a quality experience for visitors to the project site.
Pheasants Forever and Future Farmers of America will receive $5,000 to launch a curriculum to assist FFA teachers in teaching conservation practices and how to create wildlife habitat on private land. This nationwide program will address upland bird habitat, as well as, forests and wetlands for other species.
The Ruffed Grouse Society will receive $5,000 to put toward restoring a ruffed grouse population in Missouri’s River Hills Conservation Opportunity Area in Callaway, Montgomery and Warren counties. The current, scarce grouse numbers in the area will be supplemented with 120-180 captured and relocated grouse from Pennsylvania.
SportDOG Brand’s Conservation Fund Grant program has provided a total of $57,300 over three years to assist conservation groups and individuals with wildlife habitat improvement projects.
“We received 22 grant applications this year, the most since we started the program,” said Eleanor Marshall with SportDOG Brand. “The variety of projects and the creative ways that organizations are finding to improve and restore wildlife habitat makes the selection process inspiring for all of us at SportDOG. We are really proud to be associated with these conservation difference-makers.”
Recognizing the need for support of grassroots organizations that work with state, federal, and private wildlife and land management agencies to conserve wild game populations and critical habitat, SportDOG Brand created the SportDOG Brand Conservation Fund in 2008 as a way to support conservation organizations and projects customers care about.
For more information on the SportDOG Brand Conservation Fund, visit www.sportdog.com. Conservation leaders interested in learning about future grants are encouraged to contact Britney Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org.