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Lincoln, Neb. – September 29, 2008 – Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) announce Scott Smathers of Lincoln, Nebraska, as the organization’s new Regional Representative for Eastern Nebraska. Smathers signs on with PF/QF after spending more than 20 years working in the consulting and sales industry, most recently as founder and owner of an executive recruiting and consulting firm.

Smather’s primary duties with PF/QF will include starting new chapters while also servicing existing PF and QF chapters in the eastern Nebraska area. He will work with chapters in raising and expending funds on wildlife habitat and conservation education, as well as work with local, state, and federal natural resource agencies on behalf of PF/QF chapters.

“I’ve had a lifelong passion for the great outdoors and I’ve always had such great respect for all of the wonderful work that Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever do to ensure that wildlife habitat is here to stay,” explained Smathers, “I want to ensure there are always places for our future generations to get outside and truly experience what the outdoors has to offer – that’s why I’m really excited to implement our youth mentoring programs.”

“Scott has an experienced background of holding high level leadership positions and we feel that will translate extremely well into him leading the way for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever throughout eastern Nebraska,” said Pete Berthelsen, Senior Field Coordinator for PF/QF, “The energy he brings to habitat conservation coupled with his ability to work effectively with different groups of people to reach a common goal is a great asset for this organization.”
Smathers currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife Angela, daughter Nicole and son Zachary. Smathers can be reached at (402)261-4923 or via email at ssmathers@pheasantsforever.org.

Since the first PF chapter formed in the state in 1986, Nebraska’s 61 Pheasants Forever and 3 Quail Forever (QF) chapters have spent over $23.2 million on wildlife habitat conservation. Those funds have translated into 75,055 habitat projects, benefiting 2.5 million total acres for pheasants, quail and other wildlife.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 129,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

For additional information please visit www.PheasantsForever.org and www.QuailForever.org