Fueled by high octane adrenaline, Kristy Hajny, a 1998 graduate of Clay Center High School has returned to her roots full time, taking over as a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist in a joint capacity, working with Pheasants Forever, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Hajny, who received her BA in Biology, with an emphasis in Environmental Ecology Studies in 2002 from Hastings College, and obtained her Masters Degree in 2006 from Kansas State University in Biology, with her Masters Thesis focused on Plant & Fire Ecology, returns to provide what Corey Ebert, President of the Rainwater Basin Pheasants Forever Chapter, termed as being leader in what Pheasants Forever is doing to provide landowners with someone that is extremely knowledgeable in plant ecology, as well as a familiar face in our area.
“Kristy brings to the table that local feel, that person that certainly knows what she’s doing and how to work with landowners in promoting habitat cover for not just Pheasants, but all types of habitat.”
Ebert added, “We (Pheasants Forever) aren’t here to take over land and return areas to native land, we’re here to manage land for landowners that may have what we call a postage stamp size piece of land and return that to native land and provide cover for all types of habitat that is native to Nebraska.”
Hajny’s duties will be to work jointly with Pheasants Forever, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and NRCS to promote, coordinate and implement the conservation provision of the Federal Farm Bill, as well as other related wildlife conservation programs.
“I look at it as me being more of a person that will be in the field, educating and working with landowners to return lands that may not be as productive for row crop production and assist them in turning that type of land into strong habitat for all types of birds and animals that are native to the areas in which I will be working,” Hajny explained.
To read the full story, see this week's issue of the Clay County News (6/27/12)