Funding Available To Improve Northern Bobwhite Quail Habitat

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(Photo from Audubon.org)

(Columbus) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has designated a new priority area in Ohio focused on improving and creating northern bobwhite quail habitat. Private landowners and producers can apply for funding through the NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Interested landowners in the selected townships are encouraged to contact their local NRCS service center, ODNR private lands biologist or Pheasants Forever biologist to learn more.  

“Private landowner involvement is such an important part of preserving this iconic species,” said Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting State Conservationist Lori Ziehr.  “The northern bobwhite quail is an edge species, and through priority area funding, we can incentivize and promote conservation practices that generate the high-quality early successional habitat crucial to their survival.”

Ohio is near the northern edge of the species’ range, and winter weather conditions can contribute to dramatic fluctuations in bobwhite quail populations. Mild winters often boost bobwhite quail populations in areas with suitable habitat, while harsh winters with prolonged snow and ice cover have an adverse impact.

The Ohio State University has identified edge habitat and woody escape cover, both essential during the winter months, as critical factors in quail survival. The selected townships shown on the priority area map have been identified by the Ohio Division of Wildlife as the areas of highest concern within Ohio’s bobwhite quail range.

“The Ohio Division of Wildlife is committed to restoring Ohio’s quail population through EQIP and increasing suitable habitat,” said Ohio Division of Wildlife Chief Kendra Wecker. “We are proud to work with our partners to keep the momentum going in a positive direction for this cherished bird as well as other edge species.”

Quail Forever also supported the creation of the priority area and is prepared to lend a hand implementing the program. 

“Quail Forever strives to conserve Ohio’s quail populations through passionate work by wildlife biologists and grassroots chapter volunteers,” said Quail Forever’s Ohio State Coordinator Cody Grasser, “Thanks to strong partnerships with NRCS and the Ohio Division of Wildlife we have team members implementing EQIP in each of the priority area townships and are excited to present landowners with this unique opportunity.”

Landowners in the selected townships interested in EQIP Quail Priority Area funding should reach out to their local Ohio USDA service center or visit the Ohio NRCS EQIP webpage for more details. Click here for a fact sheet on prioritized conservation practices and additional resources. 

EQIP QUAIL Priority Townships

NRCS conservation practices including hedgerow plantings, wildlife habitat plantings and early successional habitat development will receive increased ranking points within the priority area townships. Landowners who implement these practices will not only promote bobwhite quail habitat, but further enhance their property value to other species such as songbirds, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, cottontail rabbits and pollinators. 

Adena Health Foundation Scioto Valley Golf Classic

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

(Greenfield) – They say a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day in the office.

You can put that theory to the test, make some new friends and, most importantly, help Adena Health System further enhance care to the communities it serves by forming a team to play in or becoming a sponsor of Adena Health Foundation’s 2021 Scioto Valley Golf Classic.

The classic, taking place Friday, September 24, at Crown Hill Golf Club in Williamsport, Ohio, will be an 18-hole scrambles format with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds from this year’s classic will benefit the Adena Greenfield Expansion Project supporting construction of a new 8,500-square-foot medical office building attached to Adena Greenfield Medical Center.

The tournament entry fee is $125 per player or $500 per four-person team, which will include greens fees, cart, a light breakfast, lunch, two drink tickets and a raffle ticket per golfer and some swag.

For those who may wish to support the event and Adena Greenfield Medical Center expansion in another way, several sponsorship levels are available to consider. Depending on sponsorship level, available benefits include such things as listings of company information on sponsorship banners, complimentary entries into the event, raffle tickets and/or company name on a hole or tee sign.

For more information about the event, to register a team or inquire about sponsorships, contact the Adena Health Foundation at 740-542-4483, email rberno@adena.org or visit Adena.org/golf2021

Over the next five years, the new medical office building is expected to bolster patient access to specialty care, increase available healthcare provider days and allow for future service growth within the hospital through the repurposing of space. Other benefits include bringing all AGMC hospital services under one roof, improving patient and visitor parking options, providing a more efficient layout for patients that decreases wait times and several others.

The project also will allow for an expansion of patient specialty services for residents of Greenfield and surrounding areas, enhancing Adena’s ability to provide quality care and a heightened patient experience closer to home.

Ridenour Hits Milestone Volleyball Career Mark- Adena & Circleville Win VB Invite Titles

Presented By Atomic Speedway

High school volleyball took centerstage with three big stories from Saturday.

AARON RIDENOUR GAINS CAREER WIN #500

Photo Courtesy of Logan Elm Twitter

Logan Elm Volleyball Coach Aaron Ridenour gained his 500th career varsity win as the Braves took the runner-up position at the Unioto Invitational, Saturday.

Ridenour’s Logan Elm squad fell in the title match to rival Circleville after winning two matches to get to the final. Their (25-21, 25-13) win over Washington CH was followed by a (21-25, 25-23, 25-18) win over Chillicothe- which gained Coach Ridenour his milestone 500th career victory. Ridenour has also coached at Madison Plains, Bloom Carroll and Unioto.

UNIOTO VOLLEYBALL INVITATIONAL

Circleville won the team title at the Unioto Invitational with a (25-14, 25-13) win over McClain, then a sweep of Unioto (25-10, 25-19). The Tigers concluded with a (19-25, 25-11, 25-17) title match win over Logan Elm.

Courtesy of Circleville Volleyball Twitter

ADENA WINS LEHMAN CATHOLIC INVITATIONAL

Courtesy of Adena Volleyball

At the Lehman Catholic Invitational, (6-0) Adena ran the table with three victories to claim the team title for the first time in the 17 years they have been playing in the annual showcase of some of the top Division 3 and 4 teams in Ohio.

The Warriors beat Lima Central Catholic (25-15, 25-16), then thumped tournament host Lehman Catholic (25-11, 25-8). In the finals, Adena breezed by Fairlawn (25-13, 25-15) for the championship.

Previous to this, Adena’s best finish was in 2014 where the Warriors were runner-up.