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Indian Valley residents start first Pheasants Forever chapter in Plumas County

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
3/7/2014

 

A group of Indian Valley residents are in the process of establishing a Pheasants Forever chapter in Plumas County.

As its first order of business, Indian Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter 0920 is hosting a dinner April 5 to help raise money for club activities.

The dinner starts at 5 p.m. in the Greenville Town Hall and is open to everyone in Plumas County. Seating is limited, however, and only 160 tickets will be sold. Tickets will not be available at the door and should be purchased before April 1 by contacting either Beverly Hardesty at 394-7276 or Karen VanZandt at 284-1536.

Tickets cost $80 per couple, $50 per person or $15 for each “ringneck” between the ages of 0 and 16. In addition to dinner, tickets include chapter membership for one person. Couple tickets are only eligible for one membership. Additional memberships can be purchased for $35 per adult and $15 per child.

Membership includes a quarterly subscription to the magazine “Upland Tales,” a membership card and a “personal invitation to get involved in the community.”

As one of its founding members, Hardesty said one of the great things about the organization is that 100 percent of the net proceeds stay within the county. “Every dollar we raise through our fundraising efforts stays right here in Plumas County and goes back into our local businesses, events, schools and habitat projects,” she said.

The group focuses on supporting local youths and getting them outdoors. Hardesty said the Pheasants Forever motto is “no child left indoors” and by establishing a chapter within Plumas County, she and other members hope to achieve just that within the local vicinity.

Since the group is in its first year, organizers are only planning to sponsor two pheasant hunts: one for the Lake Almanor Basin/Indian Valley area and one for the Quincy/Portola area. As the club grows, more events will be offered.

Community members and businesses are being asked to support the organization by donating items for the kids’ giveaway, women’s giveaway, general giveaway and auction — all to be conducted during the April 5 banquet. Cash donations are also being accepted to help cover dinner expenses and future events. Volunteers are needed as well to help plan the dinner.

Anyone interested in either donating or volunteering can contact Hardesty or VanZandt.

 

About Pheasants Forever

Established in 1982, Pheasants Forever is an organization focused on wildlife habitat conservation, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.

According to its website, each Pheasants Forever chapter decides how its event proceeds are spent and “as a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy.”

Through its “no child left indoors” initiative, members work to preserve the future generations of conservationists, hunters and land stewards by providing outdoor experience for local youths and their families.

As the Plumas County chapter grows, members will be following the goals of the national organization by teaching youths about wildlife habitats and how to hunt; helping instill in them an appreciation for natural resources; and encouraging them to become conservation-minded community members.

The club has the potential to host events such as youth hunts, family outdoor field days, camps, shooting events and teams, youth banquets, conservation clubs and more. According to Hardesty, the future of Indian Valley Pheasants Forever Chapter 0920 is dependent on how much is raised during its first dinner and how much support is provided by the community.


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