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Tour will explore wildlife habitat

The Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust (PHCT), Evansville, is hosting a wildlife habitat tour on Saturday, April 30.

Those interested in going on the tour will meet at the Evansville School parking lot on the south side of the building (look for a school bus).

The bus will load at 7:45 a.m. and leave the school at 8 a.m. If you wish, you may also car pool behind the bus.

Wear comfortable walking shoes, as you will be out of the bus part of the time in order to see all of the tour.

The longest walk is about a 15-minute easy walk.

The first stop will be at the Hegg Lake Waterfowl Protection Area where you will be able to view the water control structure and nesting habitat.

This project is funded by the Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust, the Junior Viking Sportsmen, Walmart, and the Department of Natural Resources.

Lake Jenny will be the second stop where you can view the water draw-down and facilities, funded by PHCT, Ducks Unlimited, Minnesota Department of Natural Reources (DNR), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

The third stop is Mike Bump's private land restoration project to view native prairie, restored wetland and nesting structures.

The fourth stop will be at the Gene and Connie Eidem farm to see restored wetlands, swan nesting, and the PHCT's mallard nest building facility.

The final destination will be Lake Christina historic duck camp - Douglas County Land Corporation where a breakfast brunch of pancakes will be served at approximately noon when the tour ends.

A free-will offering will be taken prior to eating.

Guest speakers will be at each of the five stops to describe each of the projects. John Schneider from Ducks Unlimited, Matt Chouinard from Delta Waterfowl, Richard Olsen from the DNR and Craig DeJong, PHCT vice president, are among those speaking.

Without memberships, memorials, donations, and the annual mallard hen house nesting project, PHCT would not be able to accomplish its goals.

The PHCT board of directors guides the trust in a program of long-term investments. Earnings from these investments are spent on conservation work to promote the long-term well being of the land in harmony with all living things.

Earnings from tax deductible contributions are used to fund conservation projects through grants for educational programs for schools and other education organizations; cooperative conservation programs with farm groups and sportsmen's clubs; financial assistance for farmers and other landowners for specific conservation programs; and scholarships to students or teachers for further education in resource management and conservation science.

For more information, visit the website

About Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust

The goal of the Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust is to preserve the land. Its motto is: "Our time on earth is brief, yet the land goes on forever, carrying with it the marks of each succeeding landowner. As fleeting trespassers on land that belongs to future generations, we must touch the land gently, caring for it as true stewards, so that those who assess our record will see our love and respect for the land and life."