Pheasants Forever (PF) recently named Matt Olson of Forman as the organization’s new regional representative for North Dakota. Prior to his promotion, he was one of Pheasants Forever’s five North Dakota farm bill wildlife biologists. Olson started with Pheasants Forever in 2009.
Olson looks to grow Pheasants Forever’s presence in North Dakota, which is currently home to 27 Pheasants Forever chapters and more than 4,000 Pheasants Forever members. He will work at raising and expending funds on wildlife habitat and conservation education, and also with local, state, and federal natural resource agencies on behalf of Pheasants Forever North Dakota chapters.
“Matt’s dedication to Pheasants Forever mission and the conservation health of North Dakota has earned him this position, and Pheasants Forever couldn’t be more thrilled for him to be leading our team in the region,” says Tom Fuller, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever north regional director. “With all that is taking place in North Dakota, keeping conservation on landscape is a top priority for Pheasants Forever. Matt and the North Dakota team are just the ones to help accomplish this.”
Olson, a lifelong pheasant hunter and North Dakota native, says it is important to continue conservation measures on North Dakota’s landscape. “Upland hunting is too important in this state, both recreationally and economically, not to be more proactive in the conservation of the habitat that makes it all possible,” Olson said. “I look forward to raising Pheasants Forever’s profile in the state, increasing membership and showing people the high value of belonging to the nation’s leading upland conservation group.”
Pheasants Forever empowers county and local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent – the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.
Olson earned an A.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management in May of 2003 from Minot State University-Bottineau, prior to completing a B.S. in Zoology with an emphasis in Wildlife and Fisheries Management in May of 2005 from North Dakota State University. Olson will work out of his home office in Forman and can be reached at (701) 202-8120 or email Matt.
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