Quality Deer Management Association Recognizes Northern NB Chapter
For Immediate Release:
A regional conservation organization receives a North American award
February 2nd 2016, Edmundston, NB – The northern New Brunswick branch of the Quality Deer Management Association has been awarded the QDMA Event of the Year Award.
The QDMA headquarters, situated in Athens Georgia, recognizes every year exceptional members and branches for their dedication and work on whitetail deer management and conservation issues across North America. The Event of the Year Award is awarded to a branch that was responsible for an event which had a significant impact on a region, hunters and the general public.
The Northern New Brunswick Branch of Quality Deer Management has received this award on January 30th in Louisville Kentucky for its relentless work on whitetail deer in Northern New Brunswick. For the last four years, the branch implemented many projects in order to evaluate the health of the deer herd and update the information on whitetails in the region. The group used this new data to inform government, which resulted in the reopening of a limited hunting season in Wildlife Management Zone 3, situated in the north-western part of the province. This area was closed to hunting for the last 23 years.
Daniel Gautreau, president of the Northern New Brunswick branch was in Louisville to accept the award on behalf of the branch: “We are extremely honored to receive this recognition from one of the most respected and important wildlife conservation organization in North America. The QDMA has over 200 branches in 35 states and 3 provinces. We can certainly be proud for this distinction.”
According to Mr. Gautreau, the reopening of a deer season in Wildlife Management Zone 3 is very important as it provides access to over 2700 km2 of public land for hunters and will contribute to sustain conservation efforts for deer and protect the hunting heritage in the region: “One of the biggest challenges for hunters across North America is the loss of hunting land. The reopening of more than 2700 km2 of public land for hunting is, in the eyes of conservation groups such as QDMA, very significant. Hunters are an essential component to wildlife conservation. It is therefore, extremely important to ensure access to hunting land in order to maintain the hunting heritage.”
The group is continuing its work and is actively collaborating with the forest industry to develop more studies on whitetail deer and also projects that will eventually improve habitat management.
The Quality Deer Management Association is one of the largest wildlife conservation organization in the world that specializes on whitetail deer with over 60 000 members in North America. Its mission is to promote the sound management of whitetail deer, to ensure a prosperous future for the species and to protect the hunting heritage. QDMA New Brunswick would like to recognize the assistance from the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund and acknowledge that without the funding and support of the NBWTF, none of this would have been possible.
Source : Daniel Gautreau
President —Quality Deer Management Association — Northern New Brunswick Branch (506)-737-5050
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