Bobcat Co., along with partners Rick and Julie Krueter — co-hosts of the television show “Beyond the Hunt” on The Outdoor Channel — has selected the winner of the Create and Conserve habitat contest. Jay and Samantha Prier’s 120-acre property in Mondamin, Iowa, will experience an ultimate environmentally sustainable transformation this month.
“Both my wife and I believe that we have a responsibility to give back to the environment while showing our children that we can live in harmony with the amazing wildlife around us,” said contest winner Jay Prier. “Responsible land management practices such as maintaining native prairie grasses, managing the timber stands, minimizing soil erosion and promoting wildlife sustainability are all a part of the focus for our property in conjunction with maintaining tillable acres for agricultural production.”
Since purchasing their property in 2009, the Priers have enrolled 5½ acres of tillable land into the conservation reserve program. They replanted land previously used for agriculture with native prairie grasses for soil stabilization, planted apple trees for wildlife forage and created a large garden that provides them continuous self-sustainment.
“I’ve used Bobcat machines for every major project we’ve had on our property,” Prier said. “I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity to execute 10 years of our dream projects and make them all a reality in only a week. I want to operate every piece of equipment they’ll let me.”
Bobcat will use its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BobcatCompany, to provide real-time updates, photos and more information on the property transformation project.
Bobcat Co, headquartered in West Fargo, N.D., manufactures and distributes compact equipment including skid-steer, all-wheel steer and compact track loaders; compact excavators; mini-track loaders; VersaHandler telescopic tool carriers; utility vehicles and Toolcat utility work machines.