ECHO Power Equipment Takes Cutting Edge Initiative with Quail Unlimited

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The worlds largest manufacturer of outdoor power equipment ECHO, Lake Zurich, Ill., has taken a bold new move in sponsorsing the largest quail and upland game conservation organization Quail Unlimited. The new sponsorship greatly enhances on the ground wildlife habitat projects across the nation both with private land owners and state and federal agencies. ECHO further will support the establishment of Habitat Improvement Teams (HIT) designed to assist all land owners in the proper techiques and knowledge of performing wildlife habitat work.

"When you chart new territory, you want to partner with leaders and innovators who accept the challenges of our nation's conservation efforts and ECHO is that leader with Quail Unlimited," strongly states Rocky Evans, President of Quail Unlimited (QU).

"We are so proud to announce today the long term corporate sponsorship of ECHO Incorporated, the exclusive and official chain saw and power tool provider of QU, its chapters and partners in conservation. ECHO's commercial grade tools are the leader in engine powered handheld products, which are critical to the needs of all conservationists and private land owners who must maintain our wildlife habitat," adds Evans. "With our uniquely heavy work in mid-story forest management, brush control, access and egress roads, controlled burns and other ground projects, ECHO's expertise and exceptional equipment quality will get our jobs done faster and more efficiently."

Through its dedicated chapter members coast to coast, QU is leading the charge to restore the natural habitat of wild quail and upland wildlife, working with private landowners as well as state and federal agencies across the country with unprecedented partnerships, explains Evans. By putting on local events and fundraisers, QU chapters raise conservation dollars that are then used for on-the-ground projects in their area, he adds.

"ECHO has accepted a leadership role in conservation that elevates their brand above all the rest and we want our members, partners and sponsors to know the support ECHO brings to the table. Following that initiative, we are exceptionally pleased to further announce that ECHO will be the official power tools of the new QU-Kubota Habitat Improvement Teams (HIT) and an official sponsor of the HIT teams. This is truly a day to remember for conservation," declares Evans.

ECHO also is providing significant support of QU regional and local grant programs and the national campaign "Flight to the Future, " as well as funding wild quail and upland wildlife research.

"ECHO's constant drive for exceptional equipment performance under the hardest of conditions is a natural fit with the nation's leading quail and upland wildlife conservation organization whose tireless efforts need the right tools," adds Joe Fahey, Vice President of Marketing. "Environmental conservation is a fundamental element of ECHO's corporate philosophy and we are proud to partner with such a dedicated conservation group as Quail Unlimited."

Quail Unlimited (QU) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the restoration of habitat for wild quail and upland wildlife. Its almost 300 chapters nationwide raise local project dollars for on-the-ground projects, including private and public land management with banquets, auctions, sporting clay events and more. QU has a highly trained staff of biologists, state and regional directors and dedicated members that work with private landowners and state and federal agencies to restore quail populations. In 2006, Quail Unlimited chapters and partners invested over $4.4 million dollars in quail habitat improvements. For more information on QU, wildlife habitat and membership go to the website at http://www.qu.org.

ECHO Incorporated is a leading supplier of gas powered, outdoor power equipment to professional users and discerning consumers. To learn more, visit http://www.echo-usa.com

Contact: Craig A. Alderman, Director of Marketing
Quail Unlimited
Ph: (417)-345-5960
America's Leader in Quail Conservation ™
Quail Unlimited, P.O. Box 610, Edgefield, SC 29824-0610

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