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Douglas Spale Appointed to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Board of Directors

Kansas City attorney and avid uplander brings new expertise to 15-member board

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are pleased to announce the appointment of Douglas Spale of Kansas City, Missouri, to its National Board of Directors. Spale, a federal attorney and avid bird hunter who devotes multiple weeks each fall in pursuit of upland birds and waterfowl, joins a 15-member board which meets quarterly and oversees the operations of Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever.

A native of Nebraska, Spale’s passion for conservation is linked to his upbringing and a father who preached respect for nature, its peoples, and gundogs. Delivering on a promise made to his father after college graduation, Spale embarked on a mission to develop a gundog with the prowess to hunt the storied Great Plains Region where he was born and raised. His journey is documented in Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Bird Dog in the City blog series, describing how training a bird dog in an urban setting (Chicago) provides a unique set of circumstances, and a whole lot of satisfaction. In addition to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s digital channels and magazines, Spale’s dog training articles have also been published in GearJunkie.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to serve members and the upland hunting community as the newest appointee to Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s National Board of Directors,” stated Douglas Spale. “I aspire to travel the world, but for now, I am devoted to exploring the country with my Labradors in an effort to promote the beauty of the outdoors, including the wonderful work of The Habitat Organization.”

Spale graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law before starting his career as an associate attorney for the law firm of Peterson, Johnson & Murray in Chicago, Illinois. More recently, his professional path took an unexpected yet welcomed turn westward after accepting a position as a real estate and land use attorney for the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Spale is a member of Pheasants Forever and a supporter of Ducks Unlimited, and he also holds membership status with the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.

“Having a compelling enthusiasm for the uplands and a personal willingness to serve as an ambassador for the recruitment, retention, and reactivation of bird hunters nationwide, I am thrilled to announce the election of Douglas Spale to our National Board of Directors,” stated Howard Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “Douglas represents a distinct geography for pheasants and quail, and I’m confident his skillsets will contribute greatly to the success of The Habitat Organization in the years ahead.”

About Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 120,000 members and 780 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent over $950 million on 560,000 habitat projects benefiting 20 million acres nationwide. In fact, more than 212,000 of those acres are now permanently protected as public lands. 

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