The loss of more than one-quarter million acres of Conservation Reserve Program land is one of the many reasons that harvest numbers of pheasant and quail in Iowa have dropped from 1.9 million and 1.1 million in the 1970s to less than 500,000 and 54,000, respectively, last year. Quail Forever is out to change that.
The goal of “Reload Iowa” is to raise $11.5 million to establish and improve 1 million acres of wildlife habitat on private and public land across Iowa. These habitat improvements will not onlly benefit wildlife, but they will also provide additional benefits such as improving water quality, preventing soil erosion, and sequestering carbon, an important step in offsetting greenhouse gasses.
Read more at the Quail Forever website.