First-Ever Bioenergy & Wildlife Habitat Forum Coming to National Pheasant Fest 2009

First-Ever Bioenergy & Wildlife Habitat Forum Coming to National Pheasant Fest 2009
Bioenergy & Wildlife Habitat Forum presented by Alliant Energy

Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever

Madison, Wisconsin – Pheasants Forever and Alliant Energy announce the first-ever Bioenergy & Wildlife Habitat Forum will be held at National Pheasant Fest 2009. Slated for February 6, 7 & 8, National Pheasant Fest 2009 will take place at Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Bioenergy & Wildlife Habitat Forum will examine the future of bioenergy and the opportunities for wildlife habitat. Representatives from Pheasants Forever, Alliant Energy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and nationally-recognized experts from around the country on the issue will be taking part in the Forum. The list of participants and the remaining details about the event, including exact date, time and place, will be released closer to the event.

“If bioenergy production is to be part of the landscape going forward, we need to be involved and learn about what the opportunities are for wildlife in this new scenario,” said Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever President and CEO, “Pheasants Forever has always advocated for policies in the federal Farm Bill that provide wildlife and soil and water conservation benefits. We are equally interested in the new energy components of the most recent Farm Bill and how wildlife habitat can benefit from those provisions.”

“We are proud to be a part of the National Pheasant Fest 2009 and Bioenergy and Wildlife Habitat Forum,” said Kim Zuhlke, Vice President, New Energy Resources – Alliant Energy. “Our company has a history of commitment to bioenergy, and has plans on the table to significantly expand that commitment. Gaining a better understanding of the how we can best take advantage of the opportunities that bioenergy present is an important step as we work toward a greener energy future.”

“We're excited about Pheasants Forever's National Pheasant Fest coming to Wisconsin for the first time, and we're particularly interested in the Bioenergy & Wildlife Habitat Forum” said Matt Frank, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, “Wisconsin has made it a priority to develop sustainable energy resources, and we view bioenergy as an excellent opportunity to help us reach our sustainable goals. We look forward to the Forum and learning about the potential for enhancing wildlife habitat as part of the bioenergy development.”

National Pheasant Fest 2009 presented by Cabela's will combine a national consumer show, habitat seminar series, and family event complete with puppies, tractors, shotguns, and art. National Pheasant Fest promises to be the country's largest event for upland hunters, farmers, sport dog owners, and wildlife habitat conservationists. The event is open to the public, and you do not need to be a PF member to attend. For more information and updates on National Pheasant Fest 2009, log onto www.PheasantFest.org.

About Alliant Energy
Alliant Energy is an energy-services provider with subsidiaries serving approximately 1 million electric and over 400,000 natural gas customers. Providing its customers in the Midwest with regulated electric and natural gas service is the company's primary focus. Alliant Energy, headquartered in Madison, Wis., is a Fortune 1000 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNT. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.alliantenergy.com.

About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 129,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

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