Scott Roemhildt, grassland programs coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, has been named Pheasants Forever’s 2017 Wildlife Professional of the Year.
“This is humbling for me,” Roemhildt said. “Pheasants Forever does so much for wildlife and habitat. I’ve always respected the mission of PF and their ability to get good conservation work done. It’s an incredible honor to be recognized for doing the work I love.”
The award, presented at a program during National Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis, honors agency wildlife or habitat professionals who have worked hand-in-hand with Pheasants Forever for the benefit of pheasant and other wildlife populations.
“Scott Roemhildt has worn many conservation hats over the years while tirelessly working for the pheasants of Minnesota,” said Eran Sandquist, Minnesota state coordinator for Pheasants Forever. “His commitment to wildlife, soil and water can be seen on the ground in habitat areas as you drive through southern Minnesota, where he has worked his entire career. His unique ability to bring folks together to achieve collective mission has served the people and projects of Minnesota well.”
In his position, Roemhildt heads up the state’s Walk-In Access program, which pays landowners to allow public hunting on their private land. Since its inception in 2011, the program has grown to include more than 23,000 acres across 46 counties in the state. He also oversees the Roadsides for Wildlife program, is the DNR liaison with the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener and assists with grassland communications for the DNR.
Pheasants Forever is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Together with Quail Forever, the organization has more than 149,000 members and 720 chapters across the United States and Canada. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has spent $708 million on 517,000 habitat projects benefitting 15.8 million acres.