Outdoors blog: Peterson to lead DNR fisheries section
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Dirk Peterson named DNR fisheries chief
Dirk Peterson of Northfield, Minn., has been named Chief of Fisheries for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. (Submitted photo)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that Dirk Peterson has been named chief of the fisheries section, replacing the retired Ron Payer.
Peterson has served as the agency’s central region fisheries manager for the past nine years. A biologist, Peterson has worked in area, region, central office and Commissioner’s office positions during a 30-plus year DNR career.
“We searched nationally and selected locally,” said Dave Schad, DNR Fish and Wildlife division director, in a prepared statement. “Citizen and agency interview panel members were impressed by Dirk’s depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and vision for serving the anglers and citizens of Minnesota.”
Since 2001, Peterson has managed fisheries operations in the DNR’s central region, a geographic area that now includes 24 counties and a large portion of the Mississippi River. Peterson has played key roles in restoring the Vermillion River as a metro area trout stream, creating an urban angling opportunity program called Fishing In the Neighborhood, and maintaining the Twin Cities’ reputation as one of the nation’s premier urban fisheries.
As a veteran fisheries manager, he has been long-involved in statewide fish and natural resource policy development, legislative relations and working with commercial operations.
Peterson began his DNR career in 1978 working on minnow, leech and live bait projects. In the years to come he would serve as Waterville area fisheries supervisor, a federal aid coordinator and planning director.