Stein Innvaer, assistant wildlife manager for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Nicollet has been selected Conservation Partner of the Year by Ducks Unlimited.
Innvaer was selected for his strong partnership and dedication to wetlands and waterfowl conservation, said Josh Kavanagh, Ducks Unlimited (DU) regional biologist. Since the inception of DU’s Living Lakes initiative in 2004, Innvaer has been integral to the development and implementation of many important shallow lake enhancement projects, including Rice Lake in Faribault County, Sand Lake in Sibley County, and several lakes in Blue Earth County, including Rice Lake, Perch Lake, Cottonwood Lake, Gilfillin Lake, and Hobza Marsh.
Most recently, Innvaer helped DU begin construction of a fish barrier on the outlet of Swan Lake in Nicollet County and developed several other new projects throughout his work area. Kavanagh said DU’s partnership with the DNR Nicollet area wildlife office has grown stronger over the years, due in large part to Innvaer’s proactive approach to wetland and shallow lake enhancement.
“Stein has been extremely supportive and invaluable as a partner, driven by his passion to enhance shallow lakes,” Kavanagh said. “DU relies on partnerships with state and federal wildlife managers like Stein who understand the importance of actively enhancing and maximizing the productivity of our remaining shallow lake and wetland habitats for waterfowl.”
Innvaer has worked for DNR Wildlife since 2000, and has served as the assistant area wildlife manager in Nicollet since that time. He holds a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
“Our partnerships with state and federal wildlife agency managers are essential to the success of DU’s Living Lakes initiative and to improving duck habitat in Minnesota,” Kavanagh said. “For that reason, we are very appreciative of Stein.”