South Dakota Pheasant Habitat Work Group Members Selected
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard announced the members of a work group tasked with examining strategies for developing pheasant habitat in South Dakota. The group includes Tim Kessler of Aberdeen, who serves on Pheasants Forever’s Board of Directors, and is a former South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission chair.
The pheasant habitat work group continues the efforts Gov. Daugaard began last month with the first ever Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit in Huron.
Coming off the successful Pheasant Habitat Summit, the biggest question was “What’s next?” Pheasants Forever applauds Governor Daugaard for continuing the momentum of the summit and the state’s aggressive efforts to examine upland habitat solutions.
“Pheasant habitat and agriculture enjoy a symbiotic relationship in South Dakota,” Gov. Daugaard said. “The work group will look for practical ways we can solidify our status as the world’s greatest pheasant hunting destination while supporting agriculture – our number one industry.”
The thirteen pheasant habitat work group members are:
- Pam Roberts, Pierre (Chair) – retired Secretary of SD Department of Labor and Regulation
- Barry Dunn, Brookings – dean, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at SDSU
- Tim Kessler, Aberdeen – Pheasants Forever Board of Directors, former GFP Commission chair
- Mary Duvall, Pierre – District 24 state representative
- Jason Frerichs, Wilmot – farmer, Senate Minority Leader, District 1 state senator
- John Cooper, Pierre – GFP commissioner, former GFP Secretary
- Steve Halverson, Kennebec – farmer, owner of Halverson Hunts
- Jan Nicolay, Chester – former state representative, conservation advocate
- Jeff Zimprich, Huron – USDA-NRCS state director
- Doug Deiter, Faulkton – farmer
- Jeff Vonk, Pierre – GFP Secretary
- Lucas Lentsch, Pierre – SD Secretary of Agriculture
- Nathan Sanderson, Pierre – Governor’s policy advisor for agriculture and GFP
The pheasant habitat work group will develop recommendations to the Governor that focus on practical solutions for maintaining and improving pheasant habitat. The work group will meet periodically through June, with a final report completed in late summer 2014.
Members of the public may submit ideas for encouraging pheasant habitat development to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions will be considered by the work group.
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