Conservationist to support efforts for increased wildlife habitat

Brandi McCoy

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With hopes of positively influencing pheasant and bobwhite quail populations in Northeast Kansas, Brandi McCoy of Seneca has been hired as private lands conservationist in northeast Kansas by the Habitat Organization.

McCoy has been with Pheasants Forever since October and is ready to use her natural resource expertise to achieve Pheasants Forever’s — including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever — mission of habitat conservation on private lands in the Sunflower State.

McCoy grew up on her family’s farm in Nemaha County before graduating from Kansas State University in May 2017 with degrees in animal science and industry and natural resources and environmental sciences. During that time, she interned for Round River Resource Management near Rush, Colo., where she worked on ranches in eastern Colorado that utilized rotational grazing practices to improve grazing efficiency and improve the land.

After college, McCoy was employed as a seasonal worker for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism as a stream technician — seining and surveying rivers for aquatic species. Before joining Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, McCoy worked as a forestry technician for Custom Forestry Applications, where she performed timber stand improvement, prescribed burning, tree plantings, and noxious weed control.

Supported through a strategic partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, McCoy will add much-needed capacity for private lands conservation assistance as part of the state’s Farm Bill Biologist Partnership.

Commonly referred to as the “One Stop Shop” for anything conservation or wildlife-related on private lands, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever biologists possess the knowledge of federal, state and local programs to assist landowners in finding the right program to meet their personal agriculture, wildlife, and land use goals. Since 2010, the Farm Bill Biologist Partnership in Kansas has worked with 10,685 landowners to impact 415,923 acres throughout the state.

“The State of Kansas continues to be a stronghold for a variety of wildlife species, including upland birds,” said Chris McLeland, south region director for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “With a strong culture of habitat conservation in Kansas, we’re excited to continue adding boots on the ground to help interested landowners achieve their wildlife habitat objectives.”

McCoy will be submitting a series of articles to the local newspapers that address her experiences with conservation practices and other natural resource related topics. For more information about private lands conservation assistance in northeast Kansas, contact Brandi McCoy at 785-336-2186 ext. 111 or bmccoy@pheasantsforever.org.

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