Ryan Williamson Named as Montana New Region 6 Upland Game Bird Biologist

Ryan Williamson Named as Montana New Region 6 Upland Game Bird Biologist

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

PLENTYWOOD, Mont. –-(Ammoland.com)- Ryan Williamson has been appointed as the new Region 6 upland game bird biologist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

Williamson, 29, previously worked for two years as a resource biologist with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks in Huron, S.D.

Williamson is a native of South Dakota and grew up in Sioux Falls. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree from South Dakota State University in 2005, and a master’s degree in wildlife management from the same school in 2009. His master’s degree work involved studying the impacts of oil and gas development on sharp-tailed grouse in the Little Missouri National Grasslands in North Dakota.

New upland game bird biologist positions in FWP Regions 4, 6 and 7 were created by the 2009 Legislature as part of a broader effort to improve and expand services and accountability in the agency’s Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program.

Williamson’s main duties will involve enhancing upland bird habitats and populations in Sheridan, Daniels, and Roosevelt counties, Valley County east of Opheim, and portions of Richland County.

The responsibilities will include working with landowners, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and other FWP field personnel in promoting, locating, designing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating upland and wetland habitat enhancement and conservation projects — primarily on private land.

The agency’s upland game bird biologists also work cooperatively with Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, among others.

Williamson, who will be based in Outlook, started his new position in late September. His spouse’s name is Heidi. They are both avid hunters, and they have two dogs.

Williamson, who does not yet have an office phone, can be contacted by email at [email protected] or through the FWP Region 6 office in Glasgow at 406-228-3700. He replaces Drew Henry, who was appointed as the Plentywood-area wildlife biologist late last year. For more information about the Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program, visit the FWP web site at fwp.mt.gov.