Pheasants Forever banquet raises $170,000

The Ida County Pheasants Forever Chapter hosted its 31st annual fund-raiser banquet Saturday, March 23, at Skate Palace in Ida Grove.

The gross amount raised from the event was $170,000, which will go toward various local habitat, soil and water conservation programs and youth outdoor programs. Seven hundred and fifty people attended the banquet and auction.

Schaller Telephone (Jim and Missy Kestel) was the winner of the grand prize pre-banquet wildlife and conservation raffle of a seven-day/four person trip to Cancun, or $5,000 cash.

Since last year’s banquet, the chapter has provided funding for 62 projects through June 30. The chapter sponsored 28 tree projects where 2,100 trees and shrubs were planted. Some projects were cost-shared with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service.

A total of 34 nesting and winter cover projects was funded. There were 1,540 CRP acres of native grass plantings and maintenance and 117 acres of food plots, and 325 acres were enhanced with wildlife cover.

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