Four managers who previously had top positions in the DNR have been named to the new Division of Fish and Wildlife management team.
Led by Division Director John Guenther and Deputy Director Larry Nelson, the team replaces eight managers from separate fish and wildlife sections.
"Our new structure is designed to improve our focus on strategic planning, policy, connecting with citizens and budgeting," Guenther said. "This structure recognizes the inter relatedness of many fish and wildlife issues and that team management can best address these issues."
Nelson, who served in field, staff and managerial positions in 37 years with the DNR, returned recently from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. The Division of Fisheries and Division of Wildlife were merged into a single Fish and Wildlife Division last fall. Under the new structure, each manager will be responsible for one section; policy, programs, operations, outreach, and budget. Section managers will comprise a division management team.
"The goal," Guenther said, "is to move from a hierarchical structure to a team structure. We have accomplished that. The next step is to identify ways in which we can more effectively deliver DNR services and manage natural resources."
The management team includes:
* Ed Boggess, Policy. Boggess, a 22 year DNR employee and formerly the assistant Wildlife Section chief, will oversee fish and wildlife research and legislative affairs as well as strategic planning, policy development and evaluation of the Fish and Wildlife Division.
* Ron Payer, Programs. Payer, a 26 year DNR employee and formerly the Fisheries Section chief, will be responsible for fish and wildlife programs at the statewide level. He will devise a supervisory plan and develop section standards and goals.
* Dave Schad, Operations. Schad, a 23 year DNR employee and formerly the operations manager for the Section of Wildlife, will manage fish and wildlife field staff, supervise eight regional managers and develop an operations budget.
* C.B. Bylander, Outreach. Bylander, a 16 year employee who formerly was a regional director and is the current DNR communications director, will manage education programs, hunter and angler recruitment and retention, and develop outreach programs that aim to help agricultural landowners, lakeshore property owners and others manage their land to maximize fish and wildlife habitat benefits. He will begin his new duties following a transition period.
Budget manager has not yet been filled. The agency will seek a candidate with strong financial skills. Other top managers will continue to serve in leadership roles in the division.
"We will continue to rely on the expertise of Jack Wingate, Mike Don Carlos and Linda Erickson Eastwood," said Guenther, saying their specific responsibilities will be announced soon.
Steve Hirsch, a Fish and Wildlife Division operations manager, has accepted a promotional opportunity as the Ecological Services Division assistant director.
Guenther said no Fish and Wildlife Division managerial changes are planned at the regional or area level.
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