Leslie George has been named the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s northeastern region fisheries manager. George started her career with DNR in 2004. Since then, she’s worked in field offices in Windom and Glenwood for the DNR. She’s been a fisheries supervisor for the Minnesota agency since 2015, most recently at its office in Hinckley.
George replaces the recently retired Chris Kavanaugh as the DNR’s regional fisheries supervisor based in Grand Rapids.
The northeastern region George will manage is a massive area across Minnesota. It stretches from Gull Lake near Brainerd to Lake Superior, including all of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Collaboration with tribal nations, the US Forest Service, international natural resource agencies specific to Lake Superior, and local jurisdictions like the Cook County Board of Commissioners will be among the many agencies and partners George will need to become acquainted with when she takes over the position in mid-December.
Fisheries management plans dealing with everything from walleye quotas to invasive species will be among the many tasks on George’s desk in 2023. WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with George in his first interview with the media since being hired as the DNR’s northeastern region fisheries manager. Audio below.