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It’s all about the ducks

Posted: Monday, Jul 15th, 2013

Kurt Forman, director of the state Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, has been recognized as one of the state’s outstanding waterfowl conservationists. Forman was recently honored by South Dakota Ducks Unlimited with its Friend of the Ducks Award. He’s shown with a wood duck drake. Photo by Ken Curley/Register

• Partners for Fish and Wildlife team looks after South Dakota’s 3.5M ducks

BROOKINGS – “Keep your eye on the duck!”

That’s what his mentor advised Kurt Forman when the young game biologist returned to Brookings nearly two decades ago to help develop the Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) program.

A pioneer in modern conservation, Carl Madsen had taken the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s program statewide just a few years earlier, and Forman was about to begin a new career as his assistant.

“Keep your eye on the duck,” Forman repeats.

“What Carl meant is that even though our work is for waterfowl, with grassland and wetland conservation hundreds of species come along for the ride, including ringneck pheasants.

“Our job is to restore and enhance habitat on private land,” he says, summing up the work that has occupied most of his adult life.

For the complete article see the 07-15-2013 issue.

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