Biologist and outdoorswoman focuses on exposing new audiences to North Dakota’s natural resources and conservation options
Bismarck, N.D. – Jan. 7, 2021 – Pheasants Forever is excited to announce the hiring of Hannah Hayes as the organization’s new North Dakota Education and Outreach Coordinator. The position emphasizes accelerating conservation engagement in North Dakota communities, particularly amongst women, while also leading Pheasants Forever’s Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation of hunters (R3) initiative throughout the state.
A grant through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service allows Hayes to work collaboratively with state and federal agencies, local partners, and other nonprofits, to establish a network of connected and empowered women landowners and operators through workshops, field tours, and one-on-one assistance. Increasing the awareness and adoption of conservation principles and practices for the female demographic is a primary objective, while delivering the organization’s goals for education and outreach to successfully foster women conservationists in North Dakota. Likewise, ensuring new audiences take part in the state’s renowned outdoor opportunities through R3 programs is critically important for the future of conservation.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for Pheasants Forever and collaborate with landowners, our partners, local chapters, and my teammates to deliver Pheasants Forever’s mission,” expressed Hannah Hayes. “I will use my experience as a conservationist and outdoorswoman to reach unique audiences and provide targeted outreach and education in hopes to increase program participation rates amongst women landowners.”
“We’re excited to have Hannah on our growing team in North Dakota. She will be a great resource both for landowners looking to learn more about conservation practices, and for our chapters looking to expand their habitat outreach efforts,” stated Rachel Bush, Pheasants Forever’s state coordinator for North Dakota.
Hayes was born and raised in west-central Indiana and has had a lifelong passion for the outdoors, hunting, and conservation. She earned a degree in Wildlife from Purdue University and has been a wildlife biologist working as an environmental consultant for the past three years. Currently, Hayes enjoys splitting her free time between hunting upland birds behind her vizsla, Cooper, or pursuing game with her red-tailed hawk, Yue.
To learn more about conservation programs and outdoor initiatives available to individuals throughout the state of North Dakota, contact Hannah Hayes at (812) 241-0906 or HHayes@Pheasantsforever.org.
About Pheasants 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 138,000 members and 760 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent over $900 million on 550,000 habitat projects benefiting 19 million acres nationwide. In fact, more than 200,000 of those acres are now permanently protected as public lands.