Linette Sutphin Hired as Newest Wildlife Biologist in Wyoming

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are proud to announce the hiring of Linette Sutphin as a coordinating wildlife biologist in northeast Wyoming. The collaborative position will work with variety of partner organizations to address priority sagebrush habitat conservation efforts throughout the region. 

In her new position, Sutphin will partner with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD), the Northeast Wyoming Sage Grouse Local Working Group (NE WY LWG), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), US Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (PFW) and the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture (NGPJV) to implement sagebrush conservation. She will focus on helping private landowners implement sustainable ranching methods, promoting the adoption of mesic area restoration and developing a proactive approach to invasive annual grass management. Additionally, Sutphin will assist private landowners to address rangeland management concerns to maintain and improve sage grouse and other wildlife habitat. 

“We’re excited to have Linette join our growing team in Wyoming,” said Hunter VanDonsel, Pheasants Forever’s state coordinator for Wyoming. “She’s got extensive experience in the field and knows the state incredibly well. She’s perfectly suited to the collaborative nature of her position, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be working with so many partner organizations to help restore and protect habitat across northeast Wyoming.” 

Sutphin graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in wildlife biology in 2002. While pursuing and following her degree, she worked on various wildlife and ecology research projects. Much of her experience involved sage grouse management and conservation in northeast Montana and Wyoming.

Sutphin settled in northeast Wyoming after college where she managed the Powder River Basin and performed Wyoming sage grouse research as a senior biologist and project manager with Big Horn Environmental Consultants (BHEC) in Sheridan, Wyo. Research at BHEC focused on the effects of mitigation and energy development on sage grouse. While there, she assisted the Northeast Wyoming Local Working Group to identify important habitat areas for sage grouse and mapped their core areas. While working in these roles, Sutphin became familiar with the many issues related to this iconic species as well as sagebrush conservation strategies.

Outside of work, Sutphin enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters camping, hiking, and snowboarding. She is an avid falconer who hunts waterfowl and upland game birds with her peregrine falcon and English setter.

For more information about sagebrush conservation or rangeland management in Wyoming, contact Linette Sutphin at or (307) 272-7425.

About Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever make up the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. This community of more than 400,000 members, supporters and partners is dedicated to the protection of our uplands through habitat improvement, public access, education and advocacy. A network of 754 local chapters spread across North America determine how 100 percent of their locally raised funds are spent — the only national conservation organization that operates through this grassroots structure. Since its creation in 1982, the organization has dedicated more than $1 billion to 567,500 habitat projects benefiting 22 million acres.

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