North Dakota Director of Game and Fish
|North Dakota Director of Game and Fish|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2011-2013 FY Budget:||$65,687,742|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||January 1, 2006|
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Although the first game and fish laws were established in 1861 before North Dakota officially became a state, a game and fish department wasn't formed until 1893. At that time, the superintendent of irrigation and forestry was named commissioner. In 1909 the game and fish board was established, managing the affairs of the department until 1929 when the North Dakota Legislative Assembly passed legislation that placed the authority for administering the department in a single commissioner. In 1991, the title was changed from commissioner to director.
There are no specific qualifications for this office.
The director is appointed by the governor to a four-year term, beginning the first day of July after the governor's election.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of director, the governor may appoint a new director.
- enforce state laws involving wildlife
- educate the public on conservation matters
- manage the stock of fish in state waters
- supervise the breeding, capture, distribution, and preservation of game birds
- maintain a registry of all hunting and fishing licenses
The department of game and fish in North Dakota has five divisions:
- The Administrative Services Division manages general office and facility management, provides technical support for the rest of the department, issues all fishing, hunting, and boating licenses, and serves as the strategic planning branch of the department. There are four offices within this division: accounting and basic operations, data processing, licensing, and planning.
- The Enforcement Divisionenforces North Dakota's game and fish laws, rules, and regulations. The district game wardens who work in this division also provide educational programming and work with farmers to prevent wildlife predators from attacking crops and feed supplies.
- The Fisheries Division administers the state's fish hatcheries, monitors the effects of sport fishing on lakes and fish populations, and manages public facilities on lakes and ponds. There are three programs within this division: fish management, sport fisheries research, and lake/stream management.
- The Conservation and communications Division works to reduce the impact other state and federal agencies have on the natural habitats of the state's fish and wildlife. The staff also manages the endangered species programs, manages the department's publications, and provides educational programming for hunters, boaters, and the general public. There are three sections within this division: conservation, communications, and outreach.
- The Wildlife Division maintain natural habitats and wildlife management areas, conducts research to determine the hunting season each year, and works with private land owners to make their lands accessible for hunting as well as the development of fish and wildlife habitats. There are three programs within this division: lands and development, game management, and the private land habitat program.
The budget for the Department of Game and Fish in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $65,687,742.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
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North Dakota Game and Fish Department
100 N. Bismarck Expressway
Bismarck, ND 58501-5095
Email: Game and Fish Department