Michigan Pheasants Forever - Habitat Page
Local Habitat Efforts
Michigan Pheasants Forever's members are truly passionate about creating, preserving and restoring habitat that benefits pheasants, quail and other upland wildlife. This unique model empowers local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds will be spent.
Whether it's through improving habitat, informing the public about land management or educating future generations of hunting enthusiasts, conservation is the underlying principle in all we do at the grassroots level.
The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI) is a conservation initiative to restore and enhance Michigan pheasant habitat, populations and hunting opportunities on private and public lands. It will accomplish this through public-private cooperatives of 10,000 acres or more that will improve habitat for pheasants and other wildlife on a landscape level. The MPRI works by acquiring state and federal resources to assist landowners within the cooperatives in improving wildlife habitat on their property and by improving habitat on selected state game areas, recreation areas, or other public lands.
Private landowners and hunters have a new resource available to them. Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), in partnership with Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), and Pheasants Forever (PF) have collaborated to fund a new wildlife cooperative coordinator position, housed at MUCC. Anna Mitterling, who is filling this position, will assist in creating, implementing, and maintaining wildlife cooperatives of private landowners around the state to create, maintain, and improve wildlife habitat. Contact ANNA MITTERLING or call (517) 346-6454.
The Michigan Pheasant Restoration Initiative (MPRI) is a grass-roots conservation initiative to restore pheasant populations and habitat in Michigan’s traditional pheasant range. A variety of MPRI partners provide technical and financial assistance to help landowners enhance their lands for pheasants and other wildlife. Below is a summary of programs MPRI partners offer to assist private landowners. For more information about MPRI visit: www.michigan.gov/pheasant
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): Farm Bill Programs:
US Fish & Wildlife Service:
Michigan DNR Wildlife Division:
The following MPRI biologists can help develop and assist pheasant cooperatives in the three MPRI priority areas. This service is provided free of charge through the partners of this initiative
Jason Myers: Huron, Tuscola, & Sanilac counties • 989-673-8171 ext. 107
Dennis Tison: Lenawee, Hillsdale, & Monroe counties • 517-263-7400 ext.119
Monique Ferris: Gratiot, Saginaw & Clinton counties • 989-875-3900 ext. 101
Kara Vigneau: Genesee County • 810-230-8766 ext. 102
Donna Kanan: Shiawassee County • 989-723-8263 ext. 3
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Creating, restoring and maintaining habitat is a constant battle. We invite you to join Pheasants Forever in our quest to ensure a country rich in natural resources and long on people willing to work to preserve them. After all, natural resources - pheasants, quail and other wildlife and the land, air and water on which they live - are our greatest resources.