Pikes Peak PF & Quail Forever Chapter 247 - About Us Page
A Local Colorado Chapter
Welcome to the Pikes Peak Pheasants Forever chapter. We are Colorado (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. Colorado takes full advantage of this model using funds raised for projects locally as well as other areas in the state of Colorado.
The Pheasants Forever - Pikes Peak Chapter 247 was founded in 1993. We are the oldest CO chapter and affiliated with the national Pheasants Forever / Pheasants Forever organization as well as the Colorado State Pheasants Forever organization. Chapter 247 is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado serving approximately 300 members from El Paso and surrounding counties. In 2010, we acquired Pheasants Forever membership for Chapter 247 providing additional opportunity for our members and aligning the chapter with the national organization’s focus on Pheasants, Quail, and upland habitat conservation.
Over the years the chapter has worked to develop upland habitat in complement with wetlands and soil conservation. The intent is to provide a more diverse ecosystem which produces a healthier environment for all of us to enjoy. Recent endeavors include:
- Working with our sister chapter (Kit Carson County, CO) on various habitat projects
- Contributing over $10,000 to habitat improvement projects
- Providing Youth Events to educate our next generation of conservationists
- Hosting an Annual Fundraiser Banquet to generate funds for Chapter 247 activities and aligned interests
- Sharing in the sponsorship of 3 biologists supporting and guiding our CO habitat programs with area farmers, ranchers and organizations
We invite everyone to join in our monthly meeting, annual banquet, fundraising activities, habitat projects, and youth events throughout the year!
Please check our calendar page for information about these and other events.
Whether your passion is the habitat, youth, hunting, sports shooting, outdoors, biology, land conservation, or those wonderful bird dogs there are many ways and interest for one to donate to Pheasants Forever-Pheasants Forever.
We are currently seeking product, service, and/or time donations supporting our Annual Fundraising Banquet. If you or if you know someone who would like to make a donation or sponsor an item or work at the banquet, let one of our officers know. If you can get a donation from someone, please pass the information to us so we don't ask that organization or person twice.
Local Donations, both personal and corporate, remain in our chapter and community supporting our habitat, youth, T.U.N.E. Camp, and biologist. When you donate product, services, funds, or time you are making a positive impact for a young person, parcel of land, or wildlife in our area. Please contact any chapter officer for donation options, tax information, and focus areas needing donations.
State Donations, follow the local chapters request and distribution of funds with the added interest of large parcel land/federal crop rotation land conservation, and biologist support. Contact Mr. Bob Hix at the State Pheasants Forever for more donation opportunities.
National Donations, build from the local and state initiatives adding major corporate sponsors and working federal conservation initiatives. Visit the national organization website for donation opportunities at Pheasants Forever the Habitat Organization.
The Pikes Peak Pheasants Forever chapter was founded in 1993 and is affiliated with the national Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever organization and the Colorado State Pheasants Forever organizations. Chapter 247 is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado serving nearly 400 members from El Paso and surrounding counties.
President: Dale Merritt
Vice President: John Finnessy
Treasurer: Eric Hodson
Youth Event Coordinator: Joe McCreary
Habitat Chairman: Rob Peterson
Habitat Co-Chairman: Dale Merritt
Banquet Chairman: Dale Merritt
Banquet Chairman's: Tom & Mary Mowery
Webmaster: Brian Kellione