Pheasants Forever

A Duluth-based Pheasants Forever conservation project has been selected as one of seven finalists for SportDOG’s Future Forward Fund Grant Contest. Online voting will decide which conservation project will receive a $25,000 grant. Supporters can vote once a day until Nov. 30.

The project, called “Habitat for Homecroft,” was initiated by the St. Louis/Carlton County Pheasants Forever chapter. The chapter will purchase one acre of tax-forfeit land adjacent to Homecroft Elementary School, re-establish natural habitat and create an outdoor classroom where students can learn about wildlife ecology, conservation and biology.

“We’re going to try to get this done one way or the other,” David Lood, youth director for the local Pheasants Forever chapter, said. “The grant would allow us to get it done by 2013, rather than waiting until 2014 or 2015 to get it done.”

Lood said the Pheasants Forever chapter hopes to acquire land near other schools in the area to provide outdoor learning opportunities for students.