Ohio Boosts Conservation Programs with PF Farm Bill Biologists

New positions provide wildlife habitat consulting for landowners in 9 counties

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Marysville, Ohio - January 26 -

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have added two positions in Ohio to help landowners with their conservation efforts in Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Fayette, Ross and Pickaway Counties. The Farm Bill Biologist positions were created in partnership with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and 16 local Pheasants Forever chapters.

Pheasants Forever's Farm Bill Biologist program is designed to educate farmers and landowners – through one-on-one consulting - about the benefits of conservation programs (such as the federal Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP), as well as assist those farmers and landowners after programs have been implemented. Pheasants Forever first began employing Farm Bill Biologists in 2003 and now have over 45 Farm Bill Biologists working in eight states – Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin. Farm Bill Biologists have contacted and consulted over 28,000 landowners, resulting in the improvement of over 1.3 million acres of land for wildlife.

Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert Counties Clint Geldine of Martin, Ohio, is Pheasants Forever's new Farm Bill Biologist based out of the Paulding County USDA Service Center. He joins Pheasants Forever after serving as a wildlife control biologist with DeTect Inc., and has previously worked with the Ohio Division of Wildlife Natural Resources. Geldine earned a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fish Conservation and Management from The University of Rio Grande. He can be contacted at 419.356.1927 and cgeldine@pheasantsforever.org.

Fayette, Pickaway and Ross Counties William Kiser of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, is Pheasants Forever's new Farm Bill Biologist based out of the Washington Court House in Fayette County. He joins Pheasants Forever after five years as a field manager with Sauls Seismic, Inc. Kiser earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Ohio. Kiser can be contacted at bkiser@pheasantsforever.org.

For more information on Pheasants Forever's Farm Bill Biologist program, contact Jim Inglis, Pheasants Forever's Farm Bill Biologist Coordinator, at 419.569.1096 or via email at jinglis@pheasantsforever.org.

Anthony Hauck 651.209.4972 AHauck@pheasantsforever.org

Pheasants Forever is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasants, quail and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike.