- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) - Ohio is establishing its first habitat restoration area for the bobwhite quail.

The native Ohio bird is a species of concern as its numbers have been declining.

The nearly 10,000-acre Fallsville Quail Heritage Area was set in Highland County just north of Hillsboro by recent agreement of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and 42 private landowners.

The goal is to turn roughly a quarter of the property into quality wild quail habitat within the next five years. It includes 1,760 acres of state-owned land.

This year, quail monitoring will identify the area’s current bobwhite population densities so that specific 10-year population goals can be set.

ODNR and wildlife biologists from Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the project.

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