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Iowa Pheasants Forever Inducts First 15 into
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Iowa Pheasants Forever is proud to announce the charter members of the Iowa PF Hall of Fame. These 15 individuals have been instrumental in furthering PF's mission of developing wildlife habitat and educating young people about the outdoors since PF was established in Iowa in 1984. The 2009 inductees are:
Bill Benson is a founding member of the Mahaska County chapter, six years of which he has been the president. Benson also volunteers at the state level - he helped form the Iowa PF State Council, serving on it for 19 years (two as president). He is still involved on the State Council's Art Committee. This PF Life Member, 4-H instructor, and hunter education instructor has helped lead the Mahaska County Chapter to raise and spend over $400,000 on habitat and conservation education work, which has translated into 1,300 projects, benefiting 10,000 acres.
Dean Sandstoe is a founding member and past president of the ICC chapter, which has spent over $400,000 on 39 land acquisitions and conservation education work benefiting 13,000 acres of habitat and countless young people. Sandstoe has also helped the major expansion of the Chichaqua Wildlife Area from 160 to over 5,000 acres. The committee still meets in Sandstoe's office today, and the tireless worker also practices what he preaches on his farm near Lake Red Rock, where you'll find habitat for pheasants, quail, turkeys and deer.
Dan Reed has been the president of the Boyer Valley chapter for over 20 years. The now-retired teacher (though he still drives the local school bus and substitute teaches) from Missouri Valley has led the chapter to improve over 10,000 acres of habitat and plant over 70,000 trees. Reed was also instrumental in purchasing three projects with over 700 acres of land in WMAs. He and his fellow chapter volunteers have spent over $250,000 on habitat and conservation education work. When not working on conservation projects, Reed enjoys spending time making wing bone calls for turkey hunting and spending time with his family.
Jerry Meyer is a charter member of the first PF chapter in the state and has subsequently served 25 years on the Floyd County chapter's banquet committee, 14 years as the chapter's secretary and as president for a number of years (even he's not sure how many). In addition to being an integral part of Floyd County's youth hunts, he is the liaison between PF, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Isaac Walton League for the Little Cedar Wildlife Area.
Dave Fuller has been a chapter leader since the founding of the Adams County chapter 15 years ago. The president and habitat chair was instrumental in the land acquisition for the Hoskins Wildlife Area, and under his leadership, the Adams County Chapter has improved over 4,200 acres of habitat in 490 projects. Fuller also has volunteered at nearly all youth events in the county, including organizing a local youth trap shoot and education session and working at the state level with 4-H Shooting Sports, Archery in the Schools and the Iowa Games. Fuller's fellow volunteers call him a "backyard biologist" as he loves to collect and harvest native grass seed by hand.
George Wilson was the inaugural president of the Winnebago/Hancock Chapter in 1985-86 and also helped to form the Iowa PF State Council. In 1987, he was instrumental in helping the local chapter plant 600 acres of nesting cover, 1,000 acres of food plots, 94 acres of switch grass, and 20,000 trees. Overall, Wilson and the Winnebago-Hancock Chapter have raised and spent over $1.9 million on habitat and conservation education work, completing 2,900 projects benefiting over 18,000 acres (including 3,400 acres of land acquisitions). Wilson also served 13 years on PF's National Board of Directors, seven of those as president and as Chairman of the Board in 1999 and 2000.
Don Lamb is a founding member of the Dickinson County chapter, also celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009. The longtime chapter president and head of the banquet committee is described as the workhorse of a chapter that has improved over 8,000 acres of habitat, planted over 230,000 trees, and helped purchase 3,000 acres of Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the county. All told, Lamb and the Dickinson County chapter have spent over $930,000 on habitat and conservation education work.
Jerry Beck is the past president and a longtime leader for the Webster County chapter. Ever since he stepped down from the presidency, Beck has been and continues to serve as the chapter's treasurer and banquet chair, making Webster County's annual spring banquet one of the best organized anywhere. Over their 24 years, Beck and the chapter have raised and spent over $663,000 on habitat and conservation education, which includes the Bob Hay Wildlife Area and the Miller Marsh Wildlife Area. Beck also serves on the Webster County Conservation Board.
Joe Tebbs and Mel Allison are both longtime leaders for the Lee County chapter. In 1988, Tebbs tapped Allison as the chapter's first treasurer, and since then these founding members - as well as Tebbs' sons Rick and Rob - have filled many of the chapter's leadership roles. Under their leadership the chapter has raised and spent $902,000 on habitat and conservation education work, helping turn out 1,700 projects improving 18,000 acres. Tebbs and Allison volunteer every year at the Outdoor Venture Camp put on by the chapter as well as the Lee County Conservation Board, where they handle the catfish skinning table, including catching the fish the day before the event, bringing them in live for demonstration and cooking them for the kids afterwords. Allison has been the project engineer for the very successful Trumpeter Swan Restoration Area that the chapter purchased, fenced and built a shelter around - school tours occur there all the time. Both men have also donated duck hunts at their Mississippi River Blind and Skunk River Cabin to Iowa PF State Conventions and National Pheasant Fests for years, raising well over $10,000 for the organization.
Doug Bahl has been involved with PF since the very beginning in Iowa and has the unique distinction of serving as president of two different chapters for a total of 19 years, 15 of those in Wayne County. Plymouth, Shelby, and Wayne County's chapters have all benefited from Bahl's leadership, and he has also been actively involved with the Iowa PF State Council. In Plymouth County, Bahl perfected working with agencies such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). When he moved to Wayne County in 1990, he immediately started that chapter and led his fellow volunteers in native grass and food plot planting. Mainly through Bahl's work with the chapter and the Wayne County Conservation Board, the Medicine Creek Wildlife Area was acquired.
John Dalton is a chapter founder and has been an officer of the Pottawattamie County chapter for 21 years. Dalton and the chapter have improved over 17,000 acres and planted over 50,000 trees on almost 900 projects, including Farm Creek, the first ever county Public Access property. In total, the chapter has spent over $400,000 on habitat and conservation education work. The Pottawattamie chapter also runs the River City Hunting and Fishing Expo, the largest chapter event in the nation. In addition to his chapter work, Dalton also sits on the Reload Iowa Conservation Campaign Steering Committee.
Darwyn Peters is a founding member of the Bremer County chapter, serving 14 years chapter president. Peters and his fellow volunteers raised over $320,000 for habitat during that time, which helped in the acquisition of the 927-acre Aldo Leopold Wetland Complex along the Wapsipinicon River. At the time, it was the largest dollar contribution and largest land acquisition by a PF chapter. The property was dedicated in June of 1993 and has since grown to over 1,400 acres. In total the Bremer County chapter has raised and spent over $545,000 in habitat and conservation education work, completing 1,500 projects and improving 13,000 acres. Peters loves to plant trees, as each spring he, aside from his own projects, plants trees for the county's successful farmstead shelterbelt program.
Scott Rustwick is a founding member and current chapter officer for Woodbury County chapter. Under Rustwick's leadership, the chapter has improved 7,000 acres and planted over 55,000 trees. All this adds up to over $270,000 spent on habitat and conservation education work. Rustwick loves to hunt, kayak and cycle as well as spend time with his children.
Jon Steege is a founding member of the Fayette County chapter. In addition to a six-year stint as president, Steege has served as the chapter's habitat chairman since its formation. Under Steege's leadership, the Fayette County chapter has raised and spent $854,000 on habitat and conservation education work, including 1,600 projects benefiting 1,400 acres. Fayette County was one of the first in the state to introduce a native Roadside Program largely due to Steege's support. In fact, Steege has personally run a six-foot Truax native drill in seven counties across northeast Iowa planting 1,000 acres, including the first 400 acres of the Leopold Wildlife Management Area in Bremer County. Steege serves wildlife at the state level as well - he has served on the Iowa DNR Environmental Protection Commission.
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