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Broken Bow, Neb. -- As part of a statewide effort to improve habitat for declining pheasant populations through improved grassland management practices, volunteers from the One Box Habitat Foundation light-disked and interseeded about 300 acres of upland habitat on private ranches near Broken Bow.

The One Box Habitat Foundation is affiliated with the One Box Pheasant Hunt, an event held each year on private ranches throughout Custer County that attracts celebrities and other participants from across the country.

This habitat work is being accomplished through a partnership between the One Box Habitat Foundation, The Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) and Pheasants Forever. This community-based focus area is the third aspect of the new “Focus on Pheasants” (FOP) initiative. The other two components of FOP include targeting habitat improvement on private property in Northeast Nebraska and on several large public areas in the eastern half of the state. The other partner in FOP is the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the USDA.

“The advancements made in Custer County through the Focus on Pheasants initiative clearly demonstrate the success that can be achieved when organizations work together,” said U.S. Representative Tom Osborne, who recently viewed improved habitat areas as part of an effort to promote pheasants and pheasant hunting in the state. “Due to the efforts of Nebraska Game and Parks, USDA, and Pheasants Forever, several issues critical to the pheasant population such as the successful recruitment of new birds are being addressed.”

Rex Amack, NGPC director, said, “The Focus On Pheasants partnership is a program that will provide dramatic improvements to the habitat around Broken Bow and improve pheasant, quail and grassland songbird numbers. The partnerships efforts improve the habitat available on old CRP grass stands and similar grassland areas by setting back natural succession and returning the grass stand to a vigorous, diverse habitat that is very productive for wildlife.”

For more information on the FOP partnership and how to improve grassland habitat for wildlife, contact NGPC biologists at 402-471-0641 or PF at 308-754-5339.




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