Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Aviation Section

Last updated: 2017-10-16

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) flew WCA and waterfowl recon flights. Pilot Geving also attended to training and maintenance tasks.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) finished aerial fish stocking for the year. Pilot Jensen flew a station flight for a field officer and gave surveillance for possible baiting sites. He also flew a night currency flight and returned an aircraft to service after an annual inspection.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) worked on helicopter projects and attended fire bucket training with forestry personnel at Pillsbury State Forest. Some areas that were prepped for planting next year were set on fire for the pilots to put out with the aircraft and water bucket. Great training in basic fire movement.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew Forest Assessment for aspen regeneration photos and gave an annual low level wavier ride and flight review. Pilot Heineman also flew fire bucket training in the helicopter.

CO Pilot Christopher Lofstuen (Grand Rapids) reports completing the first week of a Northern Minnesota aerial waterfowl survey. A pre-season big game mission was flown as was training and check ride flights.