Boise, Idaho – May 1, 2008 – Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever announce that Ryan Storm of Strasburg, Illinois, has been named the organization’s new regional representative in Idaho and Utah. Storm joins the organization after spending two years as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Regional Director for Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Storm’s primary duties with Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) include starting and servicing chapters in Idaho and Utah, raising and expending mission funds, and building partnerships and relationships that expand habitat conservation efforts on behalf of all PF/QF chapters.
“I grew up on a family farm in central Illinois and have been hunting quail and pheasants my entire life, and that has grown into a passion for Pheasants Forever’s habitat mission,” Storm said, “I have seen first hand many of the great things Pheasants Forever has done with its unique local model. Pheasants Forever has had success in Idaho and Utah to date, but there are immense opportunities for us to engage people and enhance habitat, and that includes quail.” Though not yet home to Quail Forever chapters, Idaho and Utah are both home to populations of California quail, and Utah is also home to Gambel’s quail.
At the heart of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is the unique grassroots system of fundraising and project development that allows members to see the direct result of their contributions. PF/QF empowers county chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100% of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent – the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. As a result, chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy.
“Ryan’s career experience as a coordinator of an outdoor education facility at Southern Illinois University and as a regional director for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have prepared him to grow and expand the mission and accomplishments of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Idaho and Utah,” said Matt Holland, PF/QF Senior Field Coordinator.
Storm earned a B.S. in Recreation Administration from Southern Illinois University. He resides in the Boise area and can be reached at (618)351-1234 or via email at RStorm@pheasantsforever.org.
Idaho is home to 11 PF chapters and over 1,000 PF members. Historically, those chapters have completed 4,289 projects benefiting wildlife on 78,590 acres. Utah is home to five PF chapters. Historically, those chapters have completed 466 projects benefiting wildlife on 4,353 acres.
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 127,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.