Wickerham working for Pheasants Forever

By Ed Gilbert • Last Updated 9:39 am on Monday, December 12, 2011

Ben Wickerham, who now works out of Flushing, Michigan, has been named the new regional representative for Michigan’s Pheasants Forever.

A native of Sheridan, Wickerham earned a B.S. in Zoology at Michigan State University. And, although he will work out of his Flushing office, his roots remain deep in the Montcalm County area. For example, his father, Jay Wickerham, was a founding father of the Montcalm County Pheasants Forever chapter, one of the oldest chapters in the state.

“I grew up hunting in Michigan and know the rich outdoor heritage we have as a community,” Ben Wickerham says. “From being a Pheasants Forever volunteer and seeing the positive impact the organization has, I knew that working for this habitat organization would be the best way to conserve the natural resources of my home state, and I’m confident we are going to continue seeing a positive trend in the years to come due to this outstanding new initiative and the hard work of Pheasants Forever. “

A main objective as the new regional representative is to move forward and make a lasting positive impact for upland hunters through Michigan’s new “Pheasants Forever Initiative.”

Launched in early 2011, the Pheasants Forever Initiative’s goal is to reestablish the pheasant as a prolific game bird throughout specific regions of Michigan.

Prior to taking this position with Pheasants Forever, Wickerham spent more than four years working with various Michigan conservation districts helping to promote outdoor youth education. That is something he plans to continue in his new roll with Pheasants Forever.

It is a large job to take on. Michigan is currently home to 36 Pheasants Forever chapters and more than 8,200 members. That may make it a large task, but Wickerham seems well qualified to handle it.

Wickerham is now working at raising and expending funds on wildlife habitat and conservation education, and also with state and federal natural resource agencies on behalf of the Pheasants Forever chapters.

Wickerham says he is looking forward to promoting upland habitat and wildlife success here in his home state of Michigan. For comments or information he may be reached at (517) 316-5106.

Ed Gilbert is the outdoors writer for The Daily News. His email address is gilbertoutdoors@netpenny.net.

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