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Saint Paul, Minn. – September 11, 2008 – Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) Vice President of Government Affairs, has received The Special Recognition Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He received the honor last night at the Association’s Annual Meeting in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Special Recognition Award is given to individuals who have a distinguished record of accomplishment. “Everyone knows of Dave’s commitment and devotion to fish and wildlife conservation through his work with Pheasant’s Forever and Quail Forever as well as his leadership in the conservation community. But he also helped our broader community define, focus and mature our Farm Bill proposals and played an instrumental role in the maturation and enactment of the Farm Bill this year. We thank him for his tireless dedication to reauthorization of the Farm Bill and to the conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats.” Matt Hogan, Executive Director, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

“This is quite an honor,” Nomsen said, “I work with a special group of people that have a shared passion. When I look at this award, I’ll think of people like my Father, who spent his entire career working for the Iowa Conservation Commission, and my mentor Bill Baxter, Sr., a longtime wildlife biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, people who devoted their lives to conservation. And because of them, I devoted mine to the cause as well.”

Nomsen is a Clear Lake, Iowa native, where his father, Richard Nomsen, was the chief pheasant biologist for the Iowa Conservation Commission (now the Iowa Department of Natural Resources). Following his father’s conservation lead, Nomsen received a master’s in wildlife management from South Dakota State University. He has been with Pheasants Forever since 1992, where he began as PF’s wildlife biologist for Minnesota.  Today, Nomsen is the organization’s voice on Capitol Hill and one of the most respected and knowledgeable advocates in support of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). He makes his home in Garfield, Minnesota, with his wife, Melanie, and his Labrador retriever, Nellie, and Springer Spaniel, Little TR.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is the collective voice of North America’s fish and wildlife agencies at every level of government. The Association provides its member agencies and their senior staff with coordination services that range from migratory birds, fish habitat, and invasive species, to conservation education, leadership development, and international relations. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key conservation and management policies, and works to ensure that all fish and wildlife entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides management and technical assistance to both new and current fish and wildlife leaders.

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