Weekly Conservation Officer's report

Aviation Section

Last updated: 2017-06-26

CO Pilot Bob Geving (New Ulm) flew several WCA and APM flights. Possible violations were documented and forwarded to appropriate conservation officers.

CO Pilot Christopher Lofstuen (Grand Rapids) reports flying several days of forestry missions as well as enforcement flights related to Aquatic Plant Management and ATV usage. A flight to assist with searching for a missing person was cancelled and maintenance issues were addressed.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of working/checking shore anglers and monitoring transient watercraft for AIS violations. He assisted with ferrying aircraft that were coming out of maintenance. Pilot Jensen and another DNR pilot also visited the National Weather Service office in Duluth to learn more about aviation weather forecasting and how certain aviation/fire forecasts are created. Pilot Jensen took enforcement action on an AIS violation found in the Brainerd area.

NR Pilot Brad Maas (Brainerd) ferried an airplane back to Brainerd and worked on helicopter maintenance items. He also continued prep with aerial spray manuals.

NR Pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) searched for a drowning victim on Red Lake and ferried aircraft to Park Rapids for an aircraft exchange. Pilot Heineman also worked on training for the upcoming helicopter fire bucket refresher.