Date: Friday, July 08, 2016
Zak Danks is the new Ruffed Grouse and Wild Turkey Program Coordinator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in Frankfort. Zak has been with the agency for 9 years, having worked out of Mayfield for four years as a farm bill biologist and private lands biologist, then for the past 5 years out of Lexington as a liaison with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. His work has focused on providing technical guidance on habitat improvement practices to private landowners, and on helping to enroll landowners in farm bill conservation programs like the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Before joining Fish and Wildlife, Zak earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resource conservation and management from the University of Kentucky in 2004. At UK, he worked on coyote, black bear, and elk research projects. He earned a master’s degree in wildlife management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, in 2007. There he studied moose in Maine and the Adirondacks of New York, and helped on research projects with deer and songbirds. He enjoys time at home with wife Elizabeth and daughters Lucy and Ruby, and as much time as possible hunting upland birds with setters Blue and May, turkeys, and bowhunting.