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Grassroots Conservation Campaign receives first Iowa land grant

10/14/2008

LITTLE ROCK, Iowa — Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) announce the organization has received the first Iowa land donation to its Grassroots Conservation Campaign. Virgil and Janice Venenga have donated a property near Little Rock, Iowa, to PF/QF, and the land will serve as a great access for the public to enjoy the outdoors.

The Grassroots Conservation Campaign is PF/QF's first-ever philanthropy campaign. Under the banner of the Grassroots Conservation Campaign, the organization has set a goal of raising $25 million in major gifts, land contributions, planned gifts, estates, bequests and other donations. The objective of the campaign is to accelerate the organization's ability to conserve and enhance North America's wildlife resources and America's hunting tradition. Nationwide, the campaign has already eclipsed the $13 million mark.

Virgil Venenga is a member of the Three Rivers Chapter of PF, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. One of the chapter's first projects was on the property the family donated, and the land will act as a corridor to a green span of public property to the south. Both properties will act as not only wildlife habitat, but help improve water quality along the downhill stream.

"This is a campaign for all of us," said Howard Vincent, PF/QF President and CEO, "Virgil and Janice completely epitomize this. They read about the Grassroots Conservation Campaign and decided they would do their part to help. With the continued support of people like the Venengas, we truly believe we will improve the outlook for wildlife habitat."

"We thank the Venenga family for passing on a legacy for future generations to enjoy," said John Linquist, PF/QF Regional Representative in western Iowa, "I think this family's commitment to conservation will serve as a leading example to other Iowa sportsmen and women to get involved with the Grassroots Conservation Campaign."

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 129,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

For more information about PF/QF's Grassroots Conservation Campaign, contact David Bue, PF/QF Vice President of Development, at (218) 340-5519 or via e-mail at dbue@pheasantsforever.org.