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Oakland County Pheasants Forever - About Us Page

Oakland County Pheasants Forever - About Us Page

A Local Michigan Chapter

Welcome. We are Michigan (PF), a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants and other upland bird populations in North America.

Pheasants Forever is the only national organization with a model of chapters keeping 100% of the funds they raise. While belonging to a larger national organization that has a voice on federal and state conservation policies, chapters are tasked with finding projects for their funds. Michigan takes full advantage of this model using funds raised for projects locally as well as other areas in the state of Michigan.

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Chapter 818 History

Chapter 818 History

Local Conservationists Start Pheasants Forever Chapter in Detroit Suburb

40th Michigan PF chapter focuses on enhancing existing habitat for wildlife populations

Pontiac, Mich. - July 17th - 2006 - Conservationists from the Detroit suburbs have established the Oakland County Pheasants Forever (PF) Chapter. The chapter plans to focus on enhancing existing local wildlife habitats and youth education. Members believe there is great potential to enhance habitat by working with private land owners and individuals who have acres in government programs, such as the Conservation Reserve Program.

"I have been involved in conservation, hunting and Pheasants Forever for the majority of my life," commented Floyd Cheff, original president of the Oakland County PF chapter, conservationist and local chiropractor in the Waterford community. "I saw how positive an impact Pheasants Forever was having on other counties' habitat and thought that we needed to have that commitment to conservation and wildlife in Oakland County. We are thrilled to start this new chapter and work at enhancing existing habitat here."

"Not only will the new chapter work on building habitat, they also plan to make youth education another priority for their chapter explained Mike Parker, PF's state biologist in Michigan. We can work as hard as we can to maintain conservation practices for the next generation, but in order to make it last forever we need to educate youth on the importance that conservation plays in our day-to-day lives."

  • The Oakland County PF Chapter was awarded the Michigan chapter of the year for 2008 from Howard Vincent CEO of Pheasants Forever at the state convention meeting in June 2009. 
  • Special thanks goes to the chapter volunteers for the hard work they put into forming and running the chapter.

About Pheasants Forever Chapter 818

About Pheasants Forever Chapter 818
  • Oakland County has a total area of 908 square miles is divided into 25 separate townships.
  • Back in the 1940's and 1950's Oakland County had excellent habitat and likewise excellent pheasant and quail populations. In 1950 the population was 396,000. As of 2005, the population was estimated at 1,214,361. Today the excellent agriculture of Oakland County has been overshadowed by its industrial and residential growth. The result is a mixture of big city, suburban, and rural lifestyles.
  • Michigan's 40 PF and one QF chapters account for over 10,000 members statewide. Those chapters have spent more than $6.1 million to complete over 51,000 habitat projects since the first Michigan PF chapter was formed in Jackson County in 1986. Those projects have benefited more than 350,000 acres for wildlife. PF, and its quail division Pheasants Forever, apply a unique and successful model of empowering local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100% of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent. PF and Pheasants Forever are the only national conservation organizations to employ this unique locally-driven chapter model.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, Pheasants Forever (PF) received the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator. PF scored a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator's 0-to-4-star rating scale. In fact, the non-profit watchdog group gave PF an "exceptional" designation indicating that PF outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible. To view Charity Navigator's evaluation of PF, log onto: www.charitynavigator.com and search Pheasants Forever.

Our Local Habitat Projects

Our Local Habitat Projects

We actively partner with other chapters and Washington organization of natural resources on many habitat projects.

    • Habitat field days are conducted when opportunities arise.
    • We involve young people through activities such as youth hunts and habitat projects.
    • Habitat projects and efforts to restore and preserve public lands.
    • Contribute to funding purchasing and restoration of local land throughout our community.

Our Fundraising

    • Our annual fundraising banquet, which is attended by more than 240 people, generates thousands of dollars. The banquet is held in early February each year.

Who Is Pheasants Forever?

A national organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of habitat for upland game and wildlife throughout the nation.

  • Over 145,000 grassroots members and volunteers who have developed more than 10 million acres of pheasant and other wildlife habitat since inception.
  • 600 chapters completing over 35,000 projects annually.

What Can You Do To Help?

What Can You Do To Help?

Please explore our website and discover more about the Pheasants Forever Ringold Chapter 656. You'll find detailed information on all our activities and upcoming events. Let us know what you think; we appreciate your feedback. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us. We welcome people interested in the Pheasants Forever mission to attend our monthly meetings, listed on our events page.

    • Become a Pheasants Forever member or sponsor
    • Volunteer your time or resources to our chapter

Our Chapter Mission

Protect, restore, and enhance wildlife habitat by establishing and maintaining local projects.

    • Create, improve, and preserve upland bird habitat
    • Foster youth hunting and outdoor activities.
    • Develop, distribute and foster conservation education.
    • Introduce and advance prudent management of conservation policies.

Pheasants Forever is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education.