Habitat Organization Launches Habitat Specialist Crew with Emphasis on Prescribed Fire

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are excited to announce the hiring of Dylan Jacobs to the brand-new habitat specialist crew lead position in Missouri. This position is part of a unique partnership between the Missouri Department of Conservation, Shaw Nature Reserve and Quail Forever, and is supported by generous donations from Nestlé Purina, Steve and Jeanne Maritz, and Roeslein Alternative Energy. Jacobs started his new position on December 6.
In his new role, Jacobs will lead the habitat specialist crew and work with partners to coordinate and conduct wildlife habitat management practices, with an emphasis on the application of prescribed fire.
“Dylan brings a wealth of knowledge and extensive experience with prescribed fire to the team,” said Andrew White, the Missouri state coordinator for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “He’s a valuable addition to the Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever team in Missouri and we’re excited to see the positive impact Dylan and the habitat specialist program will have on the landscape. He and his crew will be blazing the trail for Missouri habitat teams in the future.”
Jacobs is eager to serve as the lead for the newly established habitat specialist crew to enhance habitat and sustain a healthy environment on priority geographies in Gray Summit and the surrounding areas.

“I’m excited to be working with “The Habitat Organization” and to have the opportunity to lead the first habitat specialist crew within the state,” Jacobs said. “There’s a great deal of potential for restoring quality habitat in this region, through the application of prescribed fire, and I look forward to advancing restoration on both public and private lands.”
Jacobs was raised in Grand Rapids, Ohio where he was usually found outdoors exploring everything nature had to offer. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Biology and started his career with The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. It was there he was introduced to prescribed fire and discovered his calling. Following this passion, Jacobs spent time with the Arkansas and North Carolina chapters of The Nature Conservancy where he worked on and led seasonal burn crews as well as implemented various restoration practices. In his spare time, Dylan enjoys gardening, woodworking, and hiking with his dog Waldo. He looks forward to working with the Missouri team and hopes to cultivate a stronger prescribed burn culture in the Show Me State.
If you have questions or want to learn more about the Habitat Specialist Crew in Missouri, contact Jacobs at djacobs@quailforever.org or 419-346-3139.
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 & Quail Forever have more than 120,000 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. Since creation in 1982, Pheasants Forever has spent over $975 million on 560,000 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres nationwide. Visit the Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever in Missouri website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.