Restored Prairie Grows Pheasants and Pollinators on Public Land

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever:


White Bear Lake, MN – Through partnership with MN DNR and United Prairie Foundation, Wildlife Forever’s newly completed restoration project on the Orwell Wildlife Management Area, near Fergus Falls, MN is flush with pheasants, whitetail deer and pollinators.

The Orwell WMA project was part of a three phased project to remove invasive trees and shrubs such as European Buckthorn and other non-native species. Decades of neglect and lack of resources left the public hunting area overrun with poor quality habitat and little food sources for insects which serve as the base of the food chain for countless wildlife species.

“This restoration project is a prime example of partnerships working in tandem to advance conservation of public lands, improving the experience of hunters and birders while creating a healthier ecosystem,” said Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President for Wildlife Forever.

“Bringing Prairie to the People is what our work is all about.  I couldn’t be happier with the success of our projects and partners who make it all happen,” said John DeVries, President of United Prairie Foundation.

After planting a native eco-type seed mix, seasonal grasses and prairie flowers began to appear attracting a wide variety of insects that waterfowl and pheasants need for rearing young of the year. Favorable spring conditions and great habitat have helped to boost populations of wildlife in the area where Wildlife Forever and partners are conducting numerous prairie restoration projects.

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As a non-profit, 501c3 charity, for over 30 years, WF supporters have donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct  fish, game and habitat conservation projects. By investing resources on the ground, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our conservation mission. Please Join Today!  To become involved and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit