Habitat & Conservation  |  07/27/2023

The Habitat Organization Promotes Julia Smith to Pennsylvania State Coordinator


Responsible for state team member leadership and habitat delivery programs

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are proud to announce the promotion of Julia Smith to Pennsylvania state coordinator. In her new role, Smith will lead a talented team of field staff and work closely with partners, local chapters and other stakeholders to ensure habitat continues to be recognized as a critically important driver of abundant wildlife populations while supporting sustainable agriculture, healthy soil, and clean water.

“Julia has been an outstanding employee for The Habitat Organization,” said Kent Adams, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s northeast director of conservation delivery. “Working with her colleagues, I'm confident Julia will help expand the organization's reach for upland landscapes, pollinators, and riparian habitat throughout Pennsylvania, while at the same time, growing new partnerships to enhance our mission work."

Prior to joining Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, Smith worked for Richards Energy Group as a senior analyst for over eight years after starting out as a biological technician and research assistant on various wildlife projects throughout the mid-Atlantic and California. She joined The Habitat Organization in July 2019 as a Farm Bill biologist. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.S. in wildlife biology from Frostburg State University. 

Smith will now coordinate and lead state level habitat efforts in Pennsylvania, ensuring effective conservation delivery throughout the state on both public and private lands. She will also help build new and existing landscape-level habitat initiatives. 

“I feel fortunate to work with such a talented, dedicated, and fun group of people.  In addition to having such a great group of people to call my colleagues, during my time as a biologist with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, I was able to develop solid working relationships withlandowners and partner organizations,” Smith said. “It’s given me the confidence to take on this new role and continue building on those relationships as state coordinator to deliver habitat outcomes across The Keystone State.”

For more information about Pheasants Forever in Pennsylvania, contact Julia Smith at jsmith@pheasantsforever.org or (814)-634-5176.