We are very pleased to announce our partnering with the Institute of Environmental Sciences program
of Miami University on a community service project to promote the restoration of native warm season
grasses in the tri-county area.

Butler County Pheasants Forever has been very active in planting NWSGs (prairie grass), and has
been very successful in doing so.  With several Federal and state programs in place to help promote
these plantings, it can become difficult for a property owner to understand what type of soil he/she has,
the programs available for it and what to expect from the plantings.  Explaining all of this to potential
participants can take a lot of time away from our Habitat Director, time that could be better spent in the
field.

In an effort to streamline the process of habitat restoration, four masters degree students from Miami's
Institute of Environmental Science have agreed to help create a manual for distribution that explains the
process of habitat restoration with the types of soils we have in Butler, Preble and Montgomery
Counties.  The manual will explain the programs available and what to expect from the plantings.  The
students will be working with our Habitat Director, Burdette Ehrhardt, our Pheasants Forever State
Biologist, Jim Inglis, and our area Farm Bill Biologist, Bruce Terrill to draft a manual that is complete, yet
easy to understand.  The manual should be complete and ready for distribution prior to May, 2007, and
will be used during the 2007 planting season and beyond.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Miami University and to the grad students involved in this
project, Megan Wolf, Michael Missick, Laura Weinkam, and Micah Vieux.

Because many of the programs are national, it is hoped that this project will become a template for other
PF chapters to use in their habitat programs.

A public presentation of the project was made Tuesday, December 5 at Miami University's Boyd Hall.  
The team outlined the details of the project and has expanded their objectives beyond those of just
preparing a manual.  While their overall goal is to increase the amount of land in these conservation
programs, they also want to address some of the pitfalls of the programs so that these can be
addressed by PF lobbying on the national and state level.

If you would like additional information on this project, please contact
Burdette Ehrhardt.





























    
Miami IES team members
          L to R:  BCPF Habitat Director Burdette Ehrhardt, Farm Bill Biologist Bruce Terrill,
         IES team members Micah Vieux, Laura Weinkamp, Megan Wolf, and Michael Missick
Butler County Pheasants Forever partners with Miami University
Butler  County Pheasants Forever