Fort Wayne, Ind. – Oct. 23, 2018 – Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever have appointed Phil Bastron, an Indiana native and avid upland hunter, to serve as the organizations’ new Indiana Regional Representative. In this role, Bastron will provide support for volunteers in the Hoosier State – currently home to 14 Pheasants Forever chapters, 10 Quail Forever chapters and more than 3,600 members – as they focus on public and private lands habitat management efforts for pheasants, quail and other wildlife.
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever empower county and local chapters with the responsibility to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds will be spent – the only national conservation organizations’ who operate through this truly grassroots structure. As a result, chapter volunteers can see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a larger national organization with a voice on federal and state conservation policy. With a growing footprint in Indiana, Bastron will help guide local chapters to promote new habitat projects, while helping to create stronger partnerships with state agencies, corporate supporters, and donors.
“Given Phil’s unique background and passion for upland traditions, we are confident that he will take Indiana chapters and volunteers to new and exciting heights for our habitat mission,” stated Tim Caughran, director of field operations for Quail Forever. “Working from his office in Fort Wayne, he also has the ability to weigh-in on important issues regarding upland birds and associated habitat programs throughout the state. With an innovative approach to fundraising and time spent creating partnerships with our great chapters in the state, this is an exciting step for the future of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Indiana.”
Raised on upland traditions in Iowa and Wisconsin, Bastron comes to The Habitat Organization with a strong background in the nonprofit sector. Earning his Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, Bastron was an assistant track and field coach at Carthage College and Kent State University from 2011-2014 before earning the title of High Performance Programs Manager for USA Track & Field in Indianapolis. In his most recent position, Bastron was the Assistant Director of Alumni Relations for the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, focusing on relationship cultivation and development leads with university alumni.
“Upland hunting has been a part of my family for generations,” explained Phil Bastron, “I’m honored to be working for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever as a staffer in Indiana, helping to ensure these traditions continue to thrive for generations to come.”
Bastron resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his fiancé, Ashley, and spends his spare time upland hunting with their Vizsla puppy, Desi. For more information about Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever in Indiana, contact Phil Bastron at (262) 945-8477 / PBastron@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 140,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $784 million on 530,000 habitat projects benefiting over 17 million acres nationwide.