There’s a tag line that reads, "the gift that keeps giving" and I think it is appropriate for this 1,700-Acre gift given by a KS gentleman to PF
. The gentleman, we’ll call him the Colonel, donated his land because he wanted to see his acreage stay in one piece as well as see it managed for wildlife habitat. That’s exactly what PF and QF do best. And it is in fact, the single largest donation ever in the two organizations' 26-year history. The colonel began donating the property, which he affectionately calls the “Dubuque Land & Cattle," back in December 2008. All the property will be donated upon the Colonel’s death, which further proves you can’t take it with you. The dollar value of the land is over $1MM, but the real value will be in what PF and QF do with the land. The goal is to implement conservation practices beneficial to wildlife, while maintaining the property's agricultural and ranching operations. Currently the property is home to a tremendous population of pheasants with great potential for quail habitat improvements. Prairie chickens, whitetail, and mule deer also call the property home. In future, PF envisions hosting conservation and habitat field days to illustrate "best management practices" on the property. For now the “Dubuque Land & Cattle" will remain private, with hunting by written permission only. Upon the Colonel's passing, PF intends to open to public hunting.