PENDLETON — The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation is planning a project in Umatilla County to improve upland bird habitat.

The foundation has scheduled a meeting March 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hamley Steakhouse Pendleton Room.

Participants will learn more about the upland bird project on conservation reserve program acreage and other ground. It will use  an approach that builds on a similar and successful effort in the Heppner area.

During the past four years, the foundation has teamed with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Access and Habitat program, Oregon Hunter’s Association and the Columbia Plateau Chapter of Pheasants Forever to improve upland bird habitat on private land in Morrow County.

That work is well under way and is producing greater numbers of birds and increased public hunting opportunities, organizers say.

Chet Hadley has agreed to lead the effort in Umatilla County and will attend the March 18 meeting. Others scheduled to attend are John Kilkenny, a member of the Columbia Plateau chapter of Pheasants Forever; Bobby Keerins, a member of the foundation’s board of directors, and Dave Budeau, ODFW’s upland bird coordinator.

Those planning to attend should RSVP by calling 503-255-6059 or e-mail Tim Greseth at tim@owhf.org.

—Dean Brickey

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