Regional Rep - Montana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Canada, Alaska
Chad grew up in the small town of Harrisville on the shores of Lake Huron in Northern Michigan. Raised in a family that loved the outdoors, much of his youth was dedicated to hunting and fishing. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University, he followed career opportunity to Oregon while continuing to pursue personal interests afield and share experiences to promote the hunting lifestyle. Hunting big game, fowl, and upland birds across the western states and Canada fostered a rising passion for wildlife and habitat conservation. A desire to give back to the wild things and wild places that shape our lives led Chad to Pheasants Forever.
Sr. Farm Bill Biologist - South Central
Aaron’s love for the outdoors began on the waters of the Missouri River and in the tall grasslands of central South Dakota. From a young age, he was bringing home pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, deer, pronghorn and walleye for dinner. After completing a BS in Biology in his home state, he moved to Washington and researched riparian plant communities to complete a MS in Biology before finally settling in Montana. In Montana, he has served as an AmeriCorps-member protecting water quality and improving habitat along the Flathead River, worked with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to improve habitat on public properties in the Flathead Valley, and worked on river restoration efforts on the Clark Fork River. In 2015, Aaron started with Pheasants Forever as a biologist in north-central Montana, where he assisted landowners with conservation projects and grassland habitat restoration. He moved to Bozeman in 2017 to continue working with landowners, conservation partners, and Pheasants Forever chapters in southern Montana. In his spare time, Aaron is most likely enjoying the public mountains and streams for which Montana is famous with his wife, Sonja, and their furry kids.Counties: Big Horn, Broadwater, Carbon, Gallatin, Golden Valley, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, Musselshell, Park, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland, Yellowstone
Farm Bill Biologist - North Central
Hunter’s love for hunting, fishing and the outdoors started at a young age while exploring the outdoors near his childhood home of Helena, MT. Hunting is what sparked his passion for conservation and wildlife, making him want to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. Hunter received a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. He has worked a number of wildlife jobs across the state of Montana, working in a number of capacities with MT Fish, Wildlife, and Parks in Havre, Glasgow, and billings and with MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation in Missoula. In early 2017, Hunter started with Pheasants Forever as a biologist in Chinook, MT where he assists landowners across the Hi-line with conservation projects, wildlife habitat enhancements, and grassland restoration. In his spare time, Hunter is most likely pursuing elk, deer, fish or upland birds across Montana.Counties: Hill, Blaine, Phillips
Farm Bill Biologist - NE Montana
Heather’s love for the outdoors started at a young age trail riding through the sage brush near her childhood home in Eastern Washington. She has an appreciation of all wildlife which started at a young age when she would follow red tail hawks or try to capture small lizards. Heather received her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Science from Washington State University. She has since been traveling the country working with different wildlife; Sage-Grouse in Montana, Eastern Wild Turkeys in Missouri and White-tail deer in Southern Texas. She has finally arrived in Eastern Montana, where she has wanted to be since the first time she traveled through the state in 2014. In her spare time Heather enjoys hiking, trail riding and archery. She is looking forward to working with the land owners to help conserve the beauty that is Eastern Montana.Counties: Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt
Farm Bill Biologist - Central Montana
Erin’s background includes 19 years of wildlife and habitat conservation experience throughout Montana, Alaska and Idaho. She has worked with various species over the years, ranging from amphibians to grizzly bears, but birds have always been her passion. She’s had the opportunity to work on research and management projects with various agencies and organizations - private, government and NGOs. She lives in Choteau and has worked in the region since 2003. She enjoys all things outdoors - hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, floating, skiing, and birding.Counties: Glacier, Toole, Pondera, Teton, Cascade
Range & Wildlife Conservationist - SE Montana
Tori grew up in Tehachapi, California in the Sierra Nevada mountains and has always enjoyed hiking and being outdoors. She attended Montana State University in Bozeman where she received her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Rangeland Ecology. As the Range and Wildlife Conservationist in Billings, she helps landowners with wildlife habitat and NRCS conservation programs. Tori and her husband like to hunt, fish, ride dirt bikes, camp, and hike.
North Central MT - Coordinating Biologist
Martin’s love of hunting, ranching, conservation and the outdoors comes from frequent visits to his family’s ranch in Southern Phillip’s County. Growing up he would spend time there during hunting season, holidays and the summers helping his uncle with ranching activities and as time allowed hunting all things the ranch has to offer. It was where Martin’s love of bird hunting began with ample opportunity on the ranch for pheasants, sharptail and sage grouse, morning dove and Hungarian partridge. Martin grew up in the Gallatin Valley of Montana near the headwaters of the Missouri so fishing was a nearly daily activity. Martin attended Northwest College in Powell, WY earning an Associate degree in Agricultural Communications. He finished his Bachelor’s degree at Montana State in Agriculture Education and Relations. Martin’s prior work experience includes being a Sage Grouse Initiative Range Conservationist partner in the Malta NRCS office. Martin now serves as a coordinator for the group Ranchers Stewardship Alliance where he works to increase the capacity of their partnership driven conservation efforts. The group’s rancher-led conservation projects serve to improve habitat, improve ranching and provide value to the area communities through a network of involved conservation partners. When not working Martin and his wife Sarah are often visiting her home ranch near Lewistown, spending time with family in Malta, or just trying to keep the dogs busy.
Habitat Specialist - Mission Valley
Liam grew up in eastern Iowa hunting and fishing every chance he could get. His passion for the outdoors and conservation led him to a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries from South Dakota State University. His first order of business upon graduating was to find a woman. He was able to do so, and spent the past fall hunting birds with Mugget, his year-old German Wirehair Pointer (only woman that can pull of a beard). Montana has been the dream for Liam as long as he can remember, and to be working as a Habitat Specialist in the Mission Valley is a real honor. Liam’s work in the Valley revolves around prairie restoration and maintenance on the WPAs around Ninepipe National Wildlife refuge. When he’s not working, Liam can be found hiking around the mountains wrestling Grizzly Bears, fly-fishing, chasing birds and big game, and strumming a six string.
Habitat Specialist - Yellowstone Valley
Steve grew up on a farm in Powell, Wyoming. There began his passion for agriculture and the outdoors. After obtaining his BS Degree from the University of Wyoming, Steve spent 25 years with Coors Brewing Company, where his team was responsible for buying all the brewing ingredients, managed company farms and ag facilities. Now back in Montana where he had spent 10 years of his career, he returns back home to continue the love of wildlife habitat and enjoying Montana's great outdoors. Steve can usually be found enjoying Montana's outdoors with his sidekick black Labrador Ali!