Netland named Pheasants Forever Wildlife Professional of the Year

As supervisor at the New London area wildlife office, Cory Netland oversees a number of projects including 10 over the last two years that added more than 1,300 acres to Minnesota’s 5.6 million acre network of public land. 

It’s for those projects and his history of working on behalf of conservation for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that has earned Netland the honor of the Pheasants Forever Wildlife Professional of the Year award.

The prestigious award was presented at the Pheasants Forever Minnesota state convention in January. The Wildlife Professional of the Year award recognizes people or partners who have demonstrated a commitment to the protection of upland wildlife habitat and hunting heritage in Minnesota.

“I am truly honored and humbled to have received this award from an organization that I highly respect,” Netland said. “The work we’ve accomplished couldn’t happen without DNR wildlife specialist, Jeff Miller, and the many professionals at Pheasants Forever, especially state coordinator Eran Sandquist. I look forward to many more years of partnership and collaboration with them and their members.”

Since joining the DNR in 2012, Netland has helped grow a successful partnership between the DNR, Pheasants Forever and other key partners like the Outdoor Heritage Fund, to permanently protect over 1,500 acres of strategic wildlife management areas in central Minnesota. Netland began his career in natural resources as a Pheasants Forever Farm Bill biologist in Madison, Minnesota, starting in 2003.

“Over the last several years, Cory has worked tirelessly to accelerate habitat protection and restoration efforts in central Minnesota,” stated Eran Sandquist, state coordinator for Pheasants Forever in Minnesota. “He is a passionate individual who understands the value of partnerships for protecting the state’s valuable natural resources. Turning those partnerships into pheasants, deer, and ducks for all Minnesotans to enjoy is one of Cory’s greatest strengths.”

Netland resides in rural northern Kandiyohi County with his wife, Melanie, and their four children Lydia, Isaac, Grant and Hazel. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 145,000 members and 700 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent $784 million on 530,000 habitat projects benefiting 17 million acres nationwide.

More information about New London area wildlife activities can be found on the New London area wildlife area page.