By Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Students at South Dakota State University have formed the state’s first collegiate chapter of Pheasants Forever.

The formation of SDSU Pheasants Forever comes shortly after the national conservation organization opened its first office in the state. The statewide office is also located at SDSU.

Mandy Orth is the group’s president and a graduate research assistant at SDSU. Orth says members want to help educate their fellow students on the importance of resource conservation. The group will also work with younger students in the community as well.

Officials from Pheasants Forever say it’s a crucial time for the student group to start. The state has seen increasingly more grassland converted to farmland in recent years. They say the state’s pheasant population dramatically decreased as a result.

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