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Current Grant Awards

Grant awards are approved by the Board of Directors based on available funds and the extent that the project, event or activity contributes to the Trust's mission. Please visit with a member of the Board of Directors or send an email to CONTACT US to learn more about applying for a grant.

2016 Grant Awards:

Trap Team grant. The Minnewaska High School Trap Team received a start-up grant to help offset expenses of their school sanctioned competition.

Classroom Grant. PHCT again helped fund a field trip to Prairie Wetlands Learning Center by the Ashby 5th grade class.

Contributing sponsor. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust was a cosponsor of the Pope County Youth Day held at Kruger Farms. The primary sponsors were the Minnewaska Chapter of Ducks Unlimited as well as the local chapters of Pheasants Forever, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and Pope County Pheasant Restoration.

Contributing sponsor. The Youth Outdoor Activity Day held in Douglas County received PHCT funding. Several members also participated with a booth demonstrating mallard nest building and tables displaying other PHCT projects. Major sponsors were The Viking Sportsmen, Douglas County Pheasants Forever and MN DNR.

Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist. 2016 was the fifth year that PHCT contributed to this “boots on the ground” consulting position for habitat and conservation planning in Douglas County. Pheasants Forever is the primary sponsor.

Project Grants. The Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program under the guidance of MN DNR continues to be a very important part of the PHCT habitat restoration efforts in the four-county service area. See the Fall 2016 newsletter for more on the three projects begun in 2016.

2015 Grant Awards:

Classroom Grant. PHCT contributed to funding a field trip to Prairie wetlands Learning Center for the fifth graders at Ashby School. The students spent three days studying nature and the environment in the indoor and outdoor classrooms.

Trap Team scholarships. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust will provide a scholarship (to the extent funds are available) to help offset first year startup costs of high school trap teams in our four county service area. The Herman/Norcross Trap Team, Grant County, received a 2015 scholarship award.

Classroom Grant. PHCT contributed to funding a Grant County 4th Grade Field Trip “Exploring Wildlife and the Environment” sponsored by the Grant county 4-H Federation. The one day field trip was held on the grounds of the Preserve the Tradition Museum, Dalton, MN.

Contributing Sponsor. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust was a contributing sponsor, along with several other organizations, for the Pope County Youth Day. This event was aimed at honing the interests of young people in the outdoors and resource conservation.

Contributing Sponsor. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust was one of six sponsors of the 2015 Joint Annual Meeting of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Chapters of the Wildlife Society held in Duluth on February 17-19, 2015.

Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist. 2015 marks the fourth year that Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust has awarded a grant to help support this Pheasants Forever job position in Douglas County. Farm Bill Biologists are specialized consultants in conservation programs and habitat planning.

Project Grants. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust participated in several conservation projects in 2015, partnering with other charitable conservation groups, the federal Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and Minnesota’s Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program. See the Fall 2015 Newsletter for stories on these and other PHCT activities.

2014 Grant Awards:

High School Trap Teams.. Trap shooting continues to grow rapidly as a high school sanctioned sport in Minnesota. PHCT grants are available to help fund the first year startup of qualified teams in area schools. Grants were awarded to teams at Fergus Falls High School and Underwood High School in 2014.

Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist.. 2014 marks the third year that PHCT has helped fund this job position in Douglas County, again partnering with Pheasants Forever.

Woodie Camp.. PHCT is an annual supporter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association's camp for youth.

Project Grants.. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust supports several conservation projects each year with funding grants or as trustee/grantee to provide oversight and management of Conservation Partner Legacy Grant projects. See the Summer 2014 Newsletter for more on the PHCT role in these projects.

2013 grant awards:

Wetland Water Level Management. This is a partnership project with the Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program. The project involved hiring a contractor to pump down the water level in Nora WMA. Optimal water management level is determined by MNDNR. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust provided project oversight as well as part of the matching funds required.

Invasive Cattail Control. This is a second partnership project with the Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program. The goal of the project is to restore suitable water levels for waterfowl and furbearers via herbicide applications in several area wetlands. Centennial WPA was successfully treated with herbicide in 2013. The project will be completed in 2014. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust provided project oversight as well as part of the matching funds required.

Wild Rice Seeding. This third conservation partnership project involved the purchase of Minnesota grown wild rice seed. The 8,890 pounds of rice was seeded by PHCT and partner volunteers between September 20 and October 16, 2013, in twenty ponds located in fifteen WPA's or WMA's. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust also provided matching funds and oversight for the project.

Additional matching funds for the three Minnesota CPL grants were contributed by Eagle Bank, Glenwood, Pope County Pheasant Restoration, Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club, Viking Sportsmen, Inc, Glacial Ridge Pheasants Forever, Gobblers of Glacial Ridge, Minnewaska Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and Glenwood State Bank.

See the Fall 2013 Newsletter for stories on these projects as well as a summary of the Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Acquisition of Conservation Property. PHCT is partnering with Pheasants Forever for the purchase of 280 acres that lies 3 miles west of Starbuck, MN. US Fish and Wildlife Service currently has a permanent habitat easement on the property, and it will be dedicated as a Waterfowl Production Area when transferred to USFWS. Pheasants Forever is the lead on this project, while Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust has made a capital contribution from its 2013 habitat budget.

Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist. Josh Meissner was employed by Pheasants Forever in 2012 as Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist in Douglas County. See the Spring/Summer 2012 Newsletter for a story on this successful program. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust is supporting the program again in 2013 with a funding contribution.

High School Trap Teams. Five man trap shooting teams will be sponsored at Alexandria and Brandon high schools in 2013 through a program of the Pheasants Forever/Midway USA Foundation Scholastic Shooting Trust. Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust is helping support the local teams through a contribution to the shooting trust in the name of the local teams. For more information on the program see http://www.scholasticshootingtrust.org/home.aspx

Ashby High School Trap team.. The trap shooting team at Ashby Public School has received a grant to help them participate in the Minnesota High School Clay Target League. The team is entered in the league's 2013 spring season in Conference 4A. The PHCT grant is matched by local contributions.

Grant to Ashby Fifth Grade.. The fifth grade class at Ashby Public School has received a grant to help support a three day field trip to Prairie Wetlands Learning center in the spring of 2013.

 

PHCT Motto

Our time on earth is brief, yet the land goes on forever, carrying with it the marks of each succeeding landowner. As fleeting trespassers on land that belongs to future generations, we must touch the land gently, caring for it as true stewards, so that those who assess our record will see our love and respect for the land and life. (Robert B. Oetting)