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Recognizing 25 Years of the Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Pheasants Forever's Dave Nomsen (left) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe (right)

Last week at the North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference, it was my pleasure to present United States Fish & Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe with a plaque commemorating 25 years of the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.


During the presentation, I reflected back on the Program’s 25-years of habitat successes and the people responsible for those achievements.  My fond memories included folks like Jim Gritman, who initiated the Partners program, and Carl Madsen, who wrote the very first private land contract under the Program.


Today at Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever, we work with some great U.S. Fish & Wildlife Partners staff; including, the teams Heather Johnson (Region 6) and Lori Nordstrom (Region 3) supervise.


Just two weeks ago it was my honor to help Partners program biologist Kurt Forman brief the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission on the plights of prairies and wetlands due to the loss of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.  We also discussed the variety of ways CRP is of critical importance to the Prairie Pothole region that includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.


It’s been a great partnership and Pheasants Forever was pleased to offer our congratulations to the entire Partners program team.  They’ve done a great job helping private lands farmers and ranchers complete wildlife habitat projects these past 25 years.


The D.C. Minute is written by Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Government Relations.

PF Members Move Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area Forward

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe puts ink to paper for the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area, which has the potential to conserve more than 2 million acres of wildlife habitat.

This week, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, signed the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area Environmental Assessment and Land Protection Plan. This is another major step to making the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area a reality, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the advocacy of Pheasants Forever members.

“The lands targeted for protection in the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area will conserve up to 240,000 acres of wetlands and 1.7 million acres of grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region. The newly established conservation area will buffer against the adverse impacts associated with a variety of environmental stressors and assure in achieving the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge system,” Ashe stated in his approval letter.

More simply put, the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area will protect a bunch of quality pheasant and duck habitat, a win for conservationists and upland and waterfowl hunters. The current administration has stated this proposed area is one of its highest conservation priorities, and the letters, emails and phone calls from Pheasants Forever members in support of it have certainly been heard.

Thanks for your continued support of Pheasants Forever and wildlife habitat conservation!

For more: See Building a Conservation Ethic for the 21st Century

The D.C. Minute is written by Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Government Relations.