Pheasants Forever has named Marc Glades of Burlington, Kansas, as the organization’s new Regional Representative for eastern Kansas. Glades will work at raising and expending funds on wildlife habitat and conservation education, and also with local, state and federal natural resources agencies on behalf of Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters.
Glades looks to grow Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s presence in Kansas, which is currently home to 40 Pheasants Forever (PF) and 12 Quail Forever (QF) chapters, and a combined 6,700 PF and QF members.
Since 1995, Glades has been the owner and operator of Outdoor Connection, Inc., which provides personalized outdoor travel planning services to a global clientele. After hunting and fishing in remote regions of the world such as South Africa, New Zealand and Alaska for the past 18 years, Glades decided it was time to make an impact in his home state of Kansas. “My son is old enough to hunt now, and after a few times quail hunting with him and not seeing nearly the number of birds he should have in order to get hooked, I knew something had to be done,” said Glades, “I decided to become involved with Pheasants Forever, because they have the proven track record of putting birds on the ground while increasing awareness for what needs to be done. Kansas is where I grew up hunting, and I want my children to have the same opportunities to experience Kansas’ outdoors that I had.”
Another important aspect of Glades’ position will be assuming a leadership role for the Kansas Grassroots Conservation Campaign. The campaign is a partnership between the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, 40 Kansas Pheasants Forever chapters, 12 Kansas Quail Forever chapters, corporations, foundations and individuals to improve 1 million Kansas acres for pheasants, quail and other wildlife. This comprehensive and strategic campaign aims to provide landowners with the opportunity to have an individual wildlife conservation plan drafted for their property, educate the public on the economic benefits of conservation programs and estate planning, and teach the public about the economic benefits of conservation programs and estate planning.
“Given his extensive outdoor and managerial experience, Marc brings an interesting perspective to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever,” says Rick Young, Pheasants Forever Vice President of Field Operations, “His passion and dedication for the conservation mission are unparalleled, and we all expect great things for Marc, and in turn, eastern Kansas.”
Glades was born and raised in Kansas, splitting his childhood between Yates Center and Garden City, Ks. An avid hunter his entire life, Glades graduated from Emporia State University and shortly thereafter started working for Outdoor Connection, Inc. He and his wife, Tara, and their two children, Raini and Brayden, currently live in Burlington, Kansas, with their German shorthaired pointers, Bella and Tutter.
Glades’ addition to the Kansas Pheasant Forever and Quail Forever Team follows Jordan Martincich’s promotion to the position of Pheasants Forever Development Officer. Martincich had been Pheasants Forever Eastern Kansas Regional Representative since August 2008.
For more information on Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in eastern Kansas, please contact Marc Glades at 620-218-0557 / Email Marc. For all other inquiries, please contact Rehan Nana, Pheasants Forever Public Relations Specialist, at 651-209-4973 / Email Rehan