Knoxville, Tennessee (Jan. 3, 2012) – SportDOG Brand®, a leading manufacturer of remote dog training products, has announced the recipients of five conservation grants totaling $21,000. The annual grant program is part of the company’s SportDOG Brand Conservation Fund® program.
SportDOG Brand created its Conservation Fund program in 2007, and introduced the annual grant program in 2008.
“It’s rewarding to see this program continue to grow,” said Lance Tracy, SportDOG Brand VP. “Each year has seen an increase in the number of applicants for these grants. We believe it’s important for us to continue giving something back to the conservation initiatives our employees and customers care about.”
The 2011 awards include four $5,000 grants and one special $1000 youth grant. Recipients are as follows:
North Dakota Game and Fish Department – The grant will help fund the department’s study and evaluation of sharp-tailed grouse nesting ecology inside and outside of gas and oil development areas in three areas of western North Dakota.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks – To assist with the department’s prescribed-burn program, part of a quail habitat enhancement initiative.
Pheasants Forever, Inc. – Funds will be used toward the purchase of a no-till native grass drill for creating and enhancing wildlife habitat within the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota.
Delta Waterfowl – Grant funds will support a study of more than 10,000 waterfowl nests to determine the effects of landscape features on nest survival. Results from this large data set will help steer future management efforts.
*Youth Grant* Marion County Pheasants Forever – This Iowa-based PF chapter will use its grant to help fund activities that educate youth on the importance of building habitat and the importance of conservation.