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Longtime North Dakota Game and Fish director stepping down

May 17, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is retiring after more than 15 years at the helm, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday

Terry Steinwand took over leadership of the agency when he was appointed by then-Gov. John Hoeven in 2006. He began his career with Game and Fish in 1982 as a fisheries biologist for the Garrison Diversion Unit. He was named fisheries division chief in 1989.

“Terry has been a champion for North Dakota hunters and anglers for nearly four decades, spending the last 15 of those years leading a high performing team that has earned North Dakota a national reputation as a sportsman’s paradise,” Burgum said.

Steinwand led the expansion of hunting access through a program known as Private Land Open to Sportsmen, or PLOTS, and helped increase the number of managed waters for fishing to 400.

Under Steinwand’s leadership, the department expanded technology to offer online options for many of its services and promoted a bill in the last session that made North Dakota the first state in the nation to allow electronic posting of private land.

Steinwand’s last day is July 31.