Emilee Nelson looks to grow chapter & member presence and upland habitat footprint
Prior to her promotion, Nelson was in charge of coordinating Minnesota’s Prairie Conservation Plan as Pheasants Forever’s Coordinating Wildlife Biologist. In her new role, Nelson looks to further develop Pheasants Forever’s presence in Minnesota, which is currently home to 75 Pheasants Forever chapters, two Quail Forever chapters, and more than 24,000 members.
“Nelson has shown exceptional leadership as Minnesota’s first Coordinating Wildlife Biologist,” stated Tom Fuller, Pheasants Forever’s north region director. “Given her proven leadership, I am confident she will be a dedicated and dependable team leader who will deliver Pheasants Forever’s mission with the utmost integrity and enthusiasm.”
Growing up in Minneapolis, Nelson spent a lot of time at her family’s cabin in Otter Tail County developing her skills as an avid hunter and angler.
“I’m extremely excited to meet with the chapters and volunteers who live and work in the region where I first learned to hunt,” explained Nelson. “The public lands in Northern Minnesota that Pheasants Forever chapters helped acquire over the years allowed me to develop the strong passion I have for the outdoors. That kind of passion is what I look forward to instilling, with the help of those amazing chapters, in the next generation of outdoorsmen and women.”
Nelson earned a B.S. in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology in 2011 from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Pheasants Forever in 2013, Nelson was as a project specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, working on trout stream easements baseline documentation and monitoring in Southeast Minnesota. Nelson will officially start as the Northern Minnesota Regional Representative on October 20, 2014 and can be contacted at (507) 430-8499 / [email protected]
Pheasants Forever Regional Representatives
Pheasants Forever Regional Representatives lead chapter development in their regions. Specifically, they help chapters raise and spend funds for wildlife habitat improvement, as well as develop innovative habitat and youth education programs for their region. Regional Representatives act as the principle liaison for Pheasants Forever with state and federal resource agencies, planning state conventions, and habitat workshops. In addition, they attend meetings of importance to chapters and resource professionals and participate in events to promote chapter development and further the goals of Pheasants Forever.
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 745 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.