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James Valley Chapter receives two Pheasants Forever awards

The James Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter of Jamestown was recently awarded with two statewide awards - Advocacy and Partnering for Forever awards - at Pheasants Forever's annual State Meeting held Jan. 27-28 in Bismarck.

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The James Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter of Jamestown recently received the Advocacy and Partnering for Forever awards at Pheasants Forever’s annual state meeting held Jan. 27-28 in Bismarck.

The James Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter of Jamestown was recently awarded with two statewide awards - Advocacy and Partnering for Forever awards - at Pheasants Forever’s annual State Meeting held Jan. 27-28 in Bismarck.

The James Valley Chapter was awarded the Advocacy Award for going above and beyond to support Pheasants Forever’s Legislative Action Fund. The Legislative Action Fund supports Pheasants Forever’s voice in Washington, D.C. By being engaged in national policy, Pheasants Forever has an impact on issues important to its members, said Rachel Bush, state coordinator of Pheasants Forever. One issue that is important to the organization’s members is the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill, and by supporting Pheasants Forever’s Legislative Action Fund, the James Valley Chapter is demonstrating it commitment to ensuring sportsmen and women have a voice in Washington, D.C., she said.

The James Valley Chapter was also awarded the first ever Partnering for Forever Award. The Partnering for Forever award was presented to the James Valley, Sargent County and Dakota Southeast (Fargo) chapters for their commitment to delivering Pheasants Forever’s mission by partnering with other chapters to make significant strides forward for habitat in North Dakota. The James Valley Chapter, through financial contributions, helped improve habitat on 509 acres for pollinators, pheasants and other wildlife. A majority of these habitat improvements occurred on 1,176 acres of land open to the public and will remain there for the next 30 years.

The James Valley Chapter is a shining example of the organization’s grassroots leadership, Bush said. The chapter board ensures funds raised at its annual membership banquet are used to advance Pheasants Forever’s mission, ensuring the conservation of pheasants and pheasant habitat for generations to come.

Bush said she encourages the Jamestown community and those interested in pheasants, habitat, youth, conservation or all of the above to support the James Valley Chapter at its upcoming membership banquet Friday, March 31, at the Knights of Columbus.

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Pheasants Forever is unique among conservation organizations in that local chapters maintain control of 100 percent of the funds raised at local events, Bush said. Last year chapters across North Dakota funded 271 habitat projects impacting 4,822 acres. Chapters also helped plant 19,517 shrubs creating vital winter habitat for pheasants and other wildlife. In 2016, North Dakota chapters also hosted a record 685 youth events that involved over 23,000 youth.

   

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