For Immediate Release

Quail Forever Names Four New Regional Directors

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New positions will offer additional field leadership for Quail Forever and Pheasants Forever

Saint Paul, Minn. - January 07 -

Pheasants Forever has restructured its field operations team, naming four regional directors to oversee the organization’s operations in respective geographic regions of the country: Ginger Walker of Cherokee, Iowa is the North Regional Director; Steve Riley of Waverly, Nebraska is the South Regional Director; Sam Lawry of Hamilton, Montana is the West Regional Director; and Kent Adams of Effingham, Illinois, is the East Regional Director.

“The landscape across pheasant country has undergone massive changes in the past couple years, as Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres expiring from the program have been returned to farmland, and many cattail sloughs, shelterbelts and small tree claims have been dismantled due to high commodity prices,” said Rick Young, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Field Operations. “In light of these massive habitat losses, Pheasants Forever has made strategic improvements to our growing field team to best accelerate wildlife habitat conservation development and provide better support for our 737 Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters.” Pheasants Forever’s four new regional directors will oversee the organization’s state coordinators, regional field representatives and Farm Bill wildlife biologists.

North Regional Director: Ginger Walker will oversee Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota. Walker has been with Pheasants Forever since 2011 serving as a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Coordinator in the Prairie Pothole Region. She resides in Cherokee, Iowa.

South Regional Director: Steve Riley will oversee Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever operations in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Riley has been with Pheasants Forever since 2010 serving as a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Coordinator in the southern Great Plains and Missouri. He resides in Waverly, Nebraska.

West Regional Director: Sam Lawry will oversee Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever operations in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and all states to the west. Lawry has been with Pheasants Forever since 2011 serving as the organization’s Western Farm Bill Biologist Coordinator. He resides in Hamilton, Montana.

East Regional Director: Kent Adams will lead our teams in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and all points to the east and south. Adam’s was previously with the National Wild Turkey Federation, serving as a Senior Regional Wildlife Biologist. He resides in Effingham, Illinois.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 720 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

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