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Aaron Clausen

Aaron Clausen

Farm Bill Biologist - South Central

(605) 280-9212

aclausen@pheasantsforever.org

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

Hunter VanDonsel

Hunter VanDonsel

Farm Bill Biologist - North Central

406-461-3827

hvandonsel@pheasantsforever.org

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

Heather Brower

Heather Brower

Farm Bill Biologist - NE Montana

406-487-2872 X106

hbrower@pheasantsforever.org

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

Erin Fairbank

Erin Fairbank

Farm Bill Biologist - Central Montana

406-278-7611

efairbank@pheasantsforever.org

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

Ben Hoesl

Ben Hoesl

Habitat Specialist - Mission Valley

406-210-2649

bhoesl@pheasantsforever.org

Born and raised in Michigan, bachelors degree in wildlife management from Lake Superior State University. Lived in northern Ontario for 5 years before moving to Montana. Enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time with my wife and 3 year old daughter. After holding the Habitat Specialist position to Billings for 2 years, Ben transitioned to Mission Valley in 2018. Main work duties are planting and irrigating food plots and nesting cover at on public land in and around the Nine Pipes WMA, USFWS refuge, and National Bison Range. Spraying weeds, mowing, brood strips, etc.

Virgil Gluth

Virgil Gluth

Habitat Specialist - Lewistown

406-567-2567

vgluth@pheasantsforever.org

Lewistown - Coffee Creek, Wolf Creek projects

Steve Rockhold

Steve Rockhold

Habitat Specialist - Yellowstone Valley

(303) 748-7532

srockhold@pheasantsforever.org

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!