Dirk Peterson

Dirk Peterson, a Youth Conservation Corps alumnus who served in northern Minnesota, is now the Minnesota DNR Fisheries Chief. In 1978, Dirk served as a YCC crew leader in the Isabella National Forest and worked on stream survey projects in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

“I enjoyed the work and the energy those 15-16 year olds brought to each day,” Dirk says. “I also learned how to be patient and how to take time to explain tasks.”

The same year, Dirk joined the Minnesota DNR and has managed fisheries operation in the central region since 2001. He played key roles in restoring metro area trout streams and creating an urban angling opportunity program. He has been involved in statewide fish and natural resource policy development, legislative relations, and working with commercial operations.