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#06-169 June 26, 2006

Quail Unlimited Midlands funds habitat at Manchester State Forest

The Quail Unlimited Midlands Chapter has committed to annual funding of quail habitat enhancement at the Manchester State Forest Wildlife Management Area in Sumter County, South Carolina. 

Manchester State Forest Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is owned by the South Carolina Forestry Commission and consists of over 31,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat open to public hunting.  Several tracts within Manchester State Forest WMA have been selected for intensive management for bobwhite quail.  Among those tracts is the Bland Tract, which consists of approximately 1,900 acres of longleaf pine, hedgerows and grassland corridors.

For information on bobwhite quail habitat enhancement or public hunting opportunities, contact the S.C Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Small Game Project at (803) 734-3609. Check the Website of the national Quail Unlimited at http://www.qu.org/ for more information.

The Quail Unlimited Midlands Chapter has entered into a partnership with DNR and the South Carolina Forestry Commission to provide funding for quail habitat enhancement activities on the Bland Tract.  Funds will be utilized to purchase seed, fertilizer, herbicide, and specialized equipment needed to accomplish specific projects or objectives.  Initially, funding will be used to purchase herbicide for eradication of Bermuda grass in selected areas.  Once Bermuda grass is eradicated in these areas, native warm season grasses and native legumes will be established to provide nesting and brood-rearing habitat for quail.

Billy Dukes, DNR Small Game Project Supervisor added, “The Midlands Chapter of Quail Unlimited has long been a valued partner of DNR.  We look forward to their continued support of the Bland Tract project as we work toward improving habitat conditions for quail in the midlands of South Carolina.”

“The Midlands Chapter of Quail Unlimited is excited and proud to partner with DNR and the South Carolina Forestry Commission on the Bland Tract project.  We want to see more habitat on the ground and improved quail hunting opportunities on public lands, and we appreciate the commitment that the South Carolina Forestry Commission and DNR have shown towards quail habitat improvement on the Bland Tract,” said Gordon Whittaker, Midlands Chapter Chairman.
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