NEW ULM - Cory Netland will manage wildlife in Brown, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Redwood and Renville counties as the new area wildlife supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
"This diverse work area is particularly attractive to me," Netland said. "I know the existing wildlife habitat in the area and the potential for expansion, protection and improvement."
Netland grew up on a farm near a state park and developed a passion for the outdoors at a young age. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in biology, he worked as a farm bill technician for the soil and water conservation districts in Lac qui Parle and Renville counties, enrolling landowners in conservation programs.
From there he managed the Hawk Creek watershed project, guiding efforts to improve and protect water quality in one of the Minnesota River basin's major watersheds. Most recently, he was the DNR aquatic habitat specialist for southern Minnesota.
"I understand people have differing interests when it comes to enjoyment of wildlife," Netland said. "I hunt, trap and watch wildlife in the area. They are all equally important in my estimation." He said it is also important to increase recreational opportunities while ensuring healthy wildlife populations.
Priorities in his new position include improving habitat on existing Wildlife Management Areas, wetlands and shallow lakes. He looks forward to building partnerships with local groups and plans to use funds available through the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that Minnesota voters overwhelmingly supported in 2008.
Netland understands that the vast majority of land in the area is privately held. He looks forward to providing technical assistance on habitat management. He knows that wildlife populations cannot be maintained on public lands alone and plans to be accessible to the public and work closely with stakeholders.
"I am a stakeholder myself and have a passion for our natural environment," Netland said. "I look forward to the excitement and challenges of managing wildlife in this area."
Netland is located at the New London Area DNR Wildlife office in New London. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-354-2154.