Heather Eaton, 14, from Cherokee, has been named to the Pheasants Forever National Youth Leadership Council.
Heather was nominated by the Cherokee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever because of her community leadership, conservation involvement and overall attitude and values. She is the daughter of Greg and Laurie Eaton and a freshman at Cherokee Washington High School where she is active in softball, volleyball, the drill team, cheerleading and tennis.
She also is involved in marching and concert band and volunteers for the local Pheasants Forever chapter. She has won awards for vocal music and competed in the state drill team competition.
When asked why she would like to serve on the Youth Leadership Council, Heather said, "I think it would be a wonderful experience. I know how important it is for kids my age to be aware of gun safety, habitat conservation and being involved with their community. I love to meet new people, make new friends and find out what their interests are."
As a member of the Youth Leadership Council, Heather will be representing her age group on conservation and hunting issues. She will be a spokesperson to represent her views and interests for Pheasants Forever, a national non-profit habitat conservation organization.
Recognizing that the future of habitat and sound conservation practices rests with the next generation, Pheasants Forever is assembling a group of youth ages 10 to 16 from around the country who are interested in wildlife, hunting, conservation and being outdoors. As advisors, they will offer ideas for magazine and website content, outdoor activities for youth events and chapter youth programs.
The Cherokee County Chapter of Pheasants Forever was selected to nominate a youth because of the outstanding work it does with youth programs and the emphasis it has placed on bringing along the next generation of conservationists. It is one of only about 20 chapters in the country selected to nominate a youth to the National Youth Leadership Council.
PF is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike. PF's unique system puts chapters in the driver's seat with 100 percent of the decisions on how locally raised chapter funds are spent to improve wildlife habitat.
Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., PF has more than 110,000 members in over 600 local chapters across the United States and Canada.