Pheasants Forever
Kuehl leading PF/QF conservation efforts in the Prairie State

Oakford, Ill. – February 20, 2008 – Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever announce Aaron Kuehl as the organization’s new Conservation Director in Illinois. Kuehl has served as Pheasants Forever’s Regional Wildlife Biologist in southern Minnesota since 2001.

As Conservation Director in Illinois, Kuehl will oversee Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever’s (QF) conservation efforts in the state. He will write and administer Illinois Department of Natural Resources Habitat Stamp and Pheasant Fund grants, and assist PF and QF with local, state and federal agencies in statewide conservation initiatives such as the Habitat Wheel Initiative. Kuehl will also be actively involved in creating new and innovative conservation partnerships.

“Aaron Kuehl is a rock solid addition to the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever team in Illinois, and the state’s pheasants, quail and other wildlife will be better off because of him,” said Jim Wooley, QF Director of Field Operations, “Over the past seven years, Aaron has exhibited the energy and ability to do great things for wildlife in Minnesota with innovative programs and partnerships. Illinois wildlife habitat conservationists can expect Aaron to be a valuable resource and champion of the conservation cause.”

As PF’s regional wildlife biologist in southern Minnesota, Kuehl worked with 34 chapters to improve local habitat programs, youth programs and fundraising events. Kuehl was responsible for writing and administering grants and coordinating land acquisitions and their subsequent habitat development. He also served on a number of habitat committees, including the Farmland Wildlife Committee and the Pheasant Stamp Oversight Committee.

“My goal has always been to make a significant difference for wildlife populations, particularly upland birds such as pheasants and quail,” Kuehl said, “This new position will allow me to do even more for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, and I’m excited about enhancing the conservation mission in Illinois.”

A native of Minnesota, Kuehl earned a M.S. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University. Kuehl resides in Oakford, Illinois. Kuehl can be reached at (217)635-5027 or via email at akuehl@pheasantsforever.org.

The 44 PF and 15 QF chapters in Illinois account for over 8,100 members statewide. Those chapters have spent more than $9.3 million to complete over 27,900 habitat projects since the first Illinois PF chapter was formed in 1985. Those projects have benefited more than 261,000 acres for 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 120,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

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