Ryan Heiniger

Member, Strategy Working Group

Ryan Heiniger is the Director of Agriculture and Conservation Innovations for Pheasants Forever. In his new role, Heiniger works to expand partnerships in the agricultural community by showcasing the compatibility and profitability of conservation programs within production agriculture and working lands. He grew up on a family farm in Des Moines County Iowa and developed a strong appreciation for agriculture, conservation and hunting. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology. Prior to joining PF in 2013 and returning to his roots on the farm, he worked for Ducks Unlimited for 15 years in several capacities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and Kansas. Heiniger has extensive experience working with diverse partners to conserve habitats at landscape scales using a combination of voluntary, incentive-based habitat restoration and protection strategies. Heiniger has been married to his wife, Nikki, for 13 years and their first two ‘children’ were Labrador retrievers who were followed by Matthew and Autumn. Ryan works from a home office north of Burlington Iowa and can be reached at 319-937-5380 or rheiniger@pheasantsforever.org.

 Pheasants Forever

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education, and land management policies and programs.Since forming in 1982, Pheasants Forever has created or enhanced wildlife habitat on more than 15.8 million acres across the United States and parts of Canada.

Read how Pheasants Forever accomplishes this work here.