Pheasants Forever has hired Hannah Hayes as the organization’s new North Dakota education and outreach coordinator. The position emphasizes accelerating conservation engagement in North Dakota communities, particularly among 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, PF said in a news release.

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“We’re excited to have Hannah on our growing team in North Dakota,” said Rachel Bush, Pheasants Forever state coordinator for 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.”

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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,” Hayes said. “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.”

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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. 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 throughout the state of North Dakota, contact Hayes at (812) 241-0906 or HHayes@Pheasantsforever.org.