Chapter History

The Phillips County Chapter of Pheasants Forever #371 (PCPF) was formed in 1991.  In 1992 the chapter joined with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) in the Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program (PHIP) and since 1992 has planted over 1,250 miles of trees and shrub rows totaling 2,300 acres, developed over 7,800 acres of food plots, planted over 100 switch grass plantings, 15,000 acres of pheasant friendly CRP and approximately 2,500 acres of tall grass sprinkler corners, quickly becoming the nation's first Million Dollar Chapter.  Beginning in 1999 the Chapter coordinated hundreds of COntinuous CRP windbreak and shrub plantings in conjunction with FSA and NCRS, followed soon after by focusing on pivot corner plantings and CRP.

PCPF has held youth hunts for local and front range youths, the latest introducing 24 kids to the outdoors over the last weekend of October.  PCPF is committed to conservation education, and has donated money for scholarships for youth and adults to attend the Leopold Education Project through Pheasants Forever, Inc., for educational programs through NRCS and for the local 4-H Shooting Sports program.  PCPF has also donated funds to the local Scout Troop under the direction of Jack Wieland to remodel the Paoli Gun Club located west of Holyoke.

In support of National Pheasants Forever Inc., PCPF has donated money from employment of a Regional Representative and establishment of the Colorado State Council for Pheasants Forever.  PCPF also contributed significant funds to the establishment of a PF Farm Bill Biologist Program in Colorado, in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service and CDOW, resulting in private lands biologists being hired in Holyoke, Burlington and Lamar.

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