Made up of many partners, MPRI is a conservation initiative to restore and enhance Michigan pheasant habitat (grasslands), populations, and hunting opportunities on private and public lands via pheasant cooperatives.
The initiative works by acquiring state and federal resources to assist landowners in the cooperatives to improve wildlife habitat on their properties and by improving grassland habitat on selected state game areas, recreation areas, or other public lands.
"It has been exciting to see what the MPRI coalition of partners has been doing over the last few years to improve pheasant habitat, pheasant numbers and pheasant hunting in southern Michigan," said Bill Vander Zouwen, Pheasants Forever representative and MPRI Coalition co-chair. "I am really looking forward to seeing what the next five years will bring."
For example, the DNR bought over 1,200 acres and improved thousands of acres on state game areas, Pheasants Forever provided 90,000 acres of habitat, the U.S. Department of Agriculture farm programs provided over 100,000 acres of habitat, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped landowners improve close to 3,500 acres.
A Mid-Point Accomplishments Report
, detailing the work the coalition completed in the first five years of the MPRI partnership, is available for review. The 2016 MPRI Annual Report
is also available.