THENS, GA (January three, 2018) – In October 2017, a person walked unannounced into the QDMA Nationwide Workplace and informed receptionist Sherri Marsh that he needed to talk to the particular person in cost. When Marsh requested for his identify, the person replied “Santa Claus.” True to that identify, Santa Claus delivered probably the most important reward QDMA has ever acquired: 132 acres of land adjoining the QDMA Headquarters website.
“Santa Claus” was really Ricky Chastain of Athens, Ga., co-owner together with Russ Crump of RC-Coggins LLC. Chastain and Crump’s donation of 132 acres will improve the Nationwide Headquarters website to 155 acres in a single tract. QDMA’s unique 23-acre Headquarters property was donated to the group in 2003 by businessman Frank Coggins of Elberton, Ga.
“After we acquired this property and realized a portion of it was proper subsequent door to QDMA, Russ and I knew what we had been going to do with it,” stated Chastain. “Russ had attended QDMA’s instructional occasions previously and was conversant in their accomplishments. We knew that as a nonprofit they’d have the ability to use this useful resource to do nice issues for wildlife conservation and looking.”
“On behalf of QDMA and our members in every single place, I wish to thank Ricky and Russ for this extremely beneficiant reward, the most important in QDMA’s historical past,” stated QDMA CEO Brian Murphy. “It was an surprising Christmas current that we’ll worth and use properly to advance our mission for many years to return.”
Just like the Headquarters website, the brand new addition is wooded and holds a powerful deer inhabitants. Regardless of being situated on the suburban fringe of Athens close to subdivisions, companies and developments, the property accommodates stunning hardwood forests and enormous white oak bushes alongside rocky creeks. Extra open uplands current house for meals plots, tree planting, timber stand enhancements and different habitat demonstration alternatives.
“Ricky and Russ’s donation offers us 155 acres, which is concerning the dimension property that lots of our members hunt,” stated Murphy. “We now have the chance to make use of the brand new land as an academic exhibit, to point out our members and all deer hunters that you just don’t should have 1000’s of acres or plenty of cash to supply nice deer habitat and looking alternatives.”
Moreover, the brand new acreage will probably be very helpful to QDMA’s native Area to Fork and Share Your Hunt™ applications, which assist introduce new members to deer looking. Beforehand, a handful of Area to Fork members had been in a position to go looking with archery tools on the 23-acre Headquarters property, however the expanded acreage will enable for far more looking alternative.
QDMA has already approached the Georgia Forestry Fee, the Georgia DNR Wildlife Sources Division and the close by College of Georgia Warnell Faculty of Forestry and Pure Sources to discover potential partnerships on the brand new land, together with instructional area displays and occasions. All plans and efforts to enhance deer habitat on the 155 acres will probably be documented and shared with QDMA members by means of High quality Whitetails journal.
“Ricky and I couldn’t consider a greater group to make this donation to,” stated Russ Crump. “It’s a stunning piece of property, and we hope QDMA is ready to put the land to good use for a few years to return.”
Based in 1988, QDMA is a nationwide nonprofit wildlife conservation group with 60,000 members in all 50 states and Canada, and several other overseas nations. QDMA is devoted to making sure the way forward for white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our looking heritage. To study extra about QDMA and why it’s the way forward for deer looking, name 800-209-3337 or go to www.QDMA.com