Forrest Boe, a longtime DNR employee who formerly worked in Brainerd, has been named director of the DNR Trails and Waterways Division. He succeeds Laurie Martinson, who is the new DNR deputy commissioner.
Boe's most recent job was field operations manager at the Trails and Waterways office in St. Paul. Before that he served as the division's regional manager in Bemidji and area supervisor in Brainerd.
"Forrest's experience and enthusiasm make him the ideal candidate to take on the tough issues facing our Trails and Waterways Division," Martinson said in a news release.
Forrest Boe will head the DNR Trails and Waterways Division.
Among the toughest challenges facing Boe is how to regulate where all-terrain vehicles can be used in Minnesota. That goes along with a growing demand for all types of recreational trails.
"We must find a way to maintain the growing network of state bicycle trails created by increased public demand for places to bike," said Boe, who has worked at the DNR for 23 years. "We're working with Minnesotans to provide for both motorized and non-motorized use of our trail systems. It's a difficult process, and a deliberate one by necessity. We need to do this right."
Boe has a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
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