The Little Blue Stem Chapter of Quail Forever was recognized recently for several accomplishments in 2014 at the state meeting of Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) in Peoria. Of the 60 PF/QF chapters in the state, the Little Blue Stem Chapter was awarded the Prairie Pyro Award for being the number one chapter in conducting prescribed burns with 691 acres burned in Bond and Montgomery Counties. Prescribed burning is the best management tool for maintaining high quality nesting and brood rearing cover in native warm season grasses and forbs.
The chapter was also recognized as a regional leader in youth outdoor activities and education and received the No Child Left Indoors regional award. Examples are financial support to the Greenville and Mulberry Grove FFA to participate in the regional Envirothon competition, to the Mulberry Grove Aces SCTP Trap Team, and to the local Ag in the Classroom program. The chapter conducts a fall wing shooting clinic and a mentor guided pheasant hunt.
The chapter also conducted youth outdoor education with the 5th grade Conservation Day with the Bond County Soil and Water District, held a youth outdoor field day at Patriot’s Park with other conservation groups, and provided financial support for hunter safety classes. In addition, the chapter pays for all youth memberships to the national organization.
The Little Blue Stem Chapter of Quail Forever will hold their fund raising banquet Saturday, April 4 at the American Farm Heritage Museum. For tickets, call Denny Kirkham at 664-4489. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the banquet remain locally to be used for habitat improvement and getting more people involved in outdoor activities. Last year over $22,500 was spent by the chapter for habitat work and youth activities.