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Ohio opens first collegiate Quail Forever chapter

Nelsonville, Ohio – Undergraduate students from Ohio’s Hocking
College have formed the first collegiate Quail Forever chapter in
the nation.

Known as the Hocking Valley Quail Forever chapter, the group
will provide future land stewards with conservation experience
through planning, fundraising and hands-on wildlife habitat project
work.

“People should know that Hocking Valley Quail Forever is not
your typical Quail Forever chapter,” said Samantha Bachelder,
Hocking College student and president of the newly formed group.
“Our chapter consists of purely college students, most seeking a
career in natural resources. Everyone is excited about the idea of
being a part of a group that is nationally known, but operates
locally. We are able to do our own habitat management and outreach
to the public. This will give us valuable experience in our future
work fields, as well as a sense of gratification knowing we are
conserving for future generations.”

A nationally recognized name in wildlife habitat conservation,
Quail Forever builds a connection in local areas because of its
grassroots approach. Like only its Pheasants Forever counterpart,
Quail Forever provides local Quail Forever chapters the ability to
decide how 100 percent of their fundraised dollars are spent. This
local control gives chapters – including Hocking Valley Quail
Forever – and members the ability to make things happen for
wildlife in their communities, while belonging to a national
organization advocating for wildlife and conservation in policy
discussions in Washington, D.C.

The Hocking Valley chapter is unique in that the college has
property already established for bobwhite quail management
projects.

“Hocking Valley Quail Forever will work to preserve and restore
quail populations through land management projects and by educating
private landowners outside of college property about quail, and
assist them in the potential management of their land,” said Doug
Bensman, Quail Forever regional wildlife biologist in Ohio.

Hocking Valley Quail Forever joins the Iowa State (University)
Pheasants Forever chapter and the Oskaloosa (Iowa) Pioneering
Ringnecks high school group as the only student-based Quail Forever
and Pheasants Forever chapters in the country.

“Hocking College is a leading school in natural resources, known
for their hands on approach to teaching,” added Bachelder. “The way
the school works, the community and this chapter fit together in a
wonderful way. We are young and have bold expectations for
ourselves in this chapter. I am simply excited to see what the next
year has to bring.”

Hocking Valley Quail Forever chapter leaders include James
Anderson, treasurer, from Richwood; Dave Swanson, youth/education
chair, from Glouster; and Lynn Holtzman, habitat chair, from
Athens.

Fundraising events will be held in the fall of 2010; contact the
chapter for more details.

For more information about Hocking Valley Quail Forever, contact
chapter President Samantha Bachelder at (419) 631-0460, or habitat
chair Lynn Holtzman at (740) 753-6274.

For more information on Quail Forever in Ohio, contact Doug
Bensman at (937) 597-3737 and/or dbensman@pheasantsforever.org.

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