More than 100 Pheasants Forever chapter volunteers and staff leaders, including Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever President and CEO, were joined by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for the grand opening of Pheasants Forever’s new Regional Headquarters in Brookings, S.D.
Located at the South Dakota Innovation Center in the Research Park at SDSU, the new office will allow Pheasants Forever to better work with conservation partners and landowners to conserve upland habitat in the state.
Pheasants Forever plans to open its first regional headquarters office in Brookings, South Dakota in July. The move comes as the organization ramps up efforts to address substantial habitat losses and land use changes in South Dakota, which have resulted in a dramatic decline in pheasant numbers.
"South Dakota is the epicenter of pheasants in the United States. Unfortunately, South Dakota is also the epicenter of grassland habitat loss," explained Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
According to a 2012 South Dakota State University (SDSU) study, 451,000 acres of South Dakota grasslands were converted to agricultural production from 2006 to 2011. In 2013, the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks annual pheasant index showed a 64 percent drop in bird numbers; the result of habitat loss coupled with poor weather conditions during nesting season.
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