New position focuses on critical habitat partnerships
Columbus, Ohio –Pheasants Forever (PF) & Quail Forever (QF) in Ohio is proud to announce the promotion of Cody Grasser to the position of Ohio State Coordinator. In this role, Grasser will lead the organization’s partnerships in the state, including relationships with the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Division of Wildlife, and other partnership efforts. His additional roles include managing a team of 11 biologists throughout the state while working closely with Ohio’s regional representative and dedicated chapter volunteers to expand statewide habitat conservation efforts.
Grasser grew up in Missouri where he developed a passion for the outdoors at an early age which later morphed into a desire for a career in natural resources conservation. His education took him to Denison University in Ohio. Following college, Grasser served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon where he worked in sustainable agriculture and environmental education. Upon returning to American soil, he completed wildlife research and habitat management work for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ohio Division of Wildlife, and Ohio State University. He joined Pheasants Forever as a Farm Bill biologist in January 2014 and became a senior Farm Bill biologist for Ohio in 2017.
“My time with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has been very rewarding, particularly the hours spent working closely with private landowners to help them address natural resource concerns and achieve their conservation goals,” stated Grasser. “I look forward to the opportunity as Ohio State Coordinator to provide state-level focus and support to other staff, partner agencies, and our habitat mission.”
“State level coordination will bring additional focus and energy to Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s programs and partnerships in Ohio, and we are pleased to leverage Cody’s experience and talent in this role,” commented Kent Adams, director of field operations for PF/QF. “Cody starts his new position with established relationships and credibility in the conservation arena, as well as a track record for delivering on-the-ground habitat results. He has grown with our organization, having worked his way through the Farm Bill Biologist ranks and recently completing the organization’s Leadership Development Program. I am excited to see what he will accomplish with the collaboration of our incredible chapter volunteers and partner agencies.”
Grasser started his position this week and will work from his home office with weekly visits to the NRCS state headquarters. He resides in central Ohio with his wife, two daughters, a Labrador retriever, and a cat. Grasser may be reached at CGrasser@PheasantsForever.org or 419-551-3875.
Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever in Ohio
There are 27 Pheasants Forever and two Quail Forever chapters located in Ohio, accounting for 4,600 members statewide. All told, the organization has spent more than $13 million to complete 18,721 habitat projects in the state impacting more than 154,000 acres.
About Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever
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 130,000 members and 760 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent; the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.