Contact an Expert

Aquatic invasive species specialists by region:

 

Below is a list of primary contacts for aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues in Minnesota.

Contact the individual in your region if you have questions on invasive species identification and management, purple loosestrife management and biocontrol, or prevention activities.

Report new infestations

If you suspect a new infestation of an aquatic invasive plant or animal, note the exact location, take a photo or keep the specimen, and call the AIS specialist in your region.

You can also contact an AIS specialist if you need information about one of the following permits:

 

DNR Regions


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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

DNR Administrative Regions

 


Northwest Region

Park Rapids

Nicole Kovar

218-699-7293

Fergus Falls

Mark Ranweiler

218-739-7576 ext 254

Northeast Region

Grand Rapids

Richard Rezanka

218-999-7805

Brainerd

Dan Swanson

218-833-8645

Central Region

St. Cloud

Christine Jurek

320-223-7847

St. Cloud

Courtney Millaway

320-223-7847

St. Paul

Keegan Lund

651-259-5828

Southern Region

New Ulm

Allison Gamble

507-766-3823

Hutchinson

Nick Brown

320-234-2550 ext 238

 

Watercraft inspection program

Primary contacts for questions about the watercraft inspection program, boat decontamination questions, outreach for awareness events at water accesses, and how to get a sign for a local access.

Heidi Wolf, Watercraft Inspection Program Coordinator, St. Paul, 651-259-5152

Northwest Region

Fergus Falls

Michael Bolinski
Inspection Supervisor

218-739-7576 ext 259

Park Rapids

Bruce Anspach
Program Assistant

218-699-7295

Fergus Falls

Anna Ness
Program Assistant

218-739-7576 ext 247

Northeast Region

Brainerd

Keri Hull
Inspection Supervisor

218-833-8737

Brainerd

Justin Swart
Program Assistant

218-833-8730

Central Region

St. Cloud

Evan Freeman
Inspection Supervisor

320-223-7845

St. Paul

Sara Okstad
Program Assistant

507-298-1391

St. Paul

Adam Doll
Inspection Supervisor

651-259-5835

St. Paul

Maureen Ziskovsky
Program Assistant

651-259-5849


Additional contacts:

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention
Questions on aquatic invasive species permits, aquatic invasive species laws and regulations, education and public awareness, and risk assessment.

Kelly Pennington
AIS Prevention
Coordinator

651-259-5131

Terrestrial Invasive Species
Technical assistance and biological control programs for land-based species.

Laura Van Riper

Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator

651-259-5090

Aquatic Invasive Species Management
Questions on technical and financial assistance for aquatic invasive plant management and permits for Invasive Aquatic Plant Management. 

Chip Welling
Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator

651-259-5149

Grants
Questions on the grant application process for invasive aquatic species grants.

Wendy Crowell
Grants Coordinator

651-259-5085

Training
Questions on aquatic invasive species training programs for lake service providers.

April Rust
AIS Training
Coordinator

651-259-5706

Aquatic Invasive Species Communications
Media inquiries on aquatic invasive species, stakeholder relations, product development, and special events.

Marjorie Casey
AIS Communications

651-259-5132

Supervisor of Invasive Species Program
Questions on overall invasive species program, policy and direction, legislative issues.

Heidi Wolf
Invasive Species Program Supervisor

651-259-5152

Aquatic animal biology
Questions on biology of zebra mussels, spiny waterflea, rusty crayfish, invasive snails, and other invasive aquatic invertebrates.

Gary Montz
Research Scientist

651-259-5121

Enforcement
Questions on enforcement of invasive species laws.

Cory Palmer
Conservation Officer

507-359-6040

Invasive Carp
Questions on invasive carp

Nick Frohnauer
Invasive Fish/River Habitat Coordinator

651-259-5670

Invasive Carp
Invasive carp eDNA

Loren Miller

Fisheries Research Scientist

612-624-3019

Invasive Carp
monitoring, sampling, and control efforts

Brad Parsons

Central Region Fisheries Manager

651-259-5789