Craig Engwall- President
Craig brings years of experience to the MNCF board from work both within state agencies and the private sector. Most recently he served for over 7 years as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Craig’s professional career included stints serving as a legislative aide in Washington DC, a judicial clerk in Anchorage, AK, and has included time working at or in support of an alphabet soup of MN state agencies (DNR, BWSR, MDA, MN AG’s office, etc.). During his time as Special Assistant to the DNR Commissioner, he acted as DNR’s Tribal Liaison to Minnesota’s 11 Tribal Nations.
Looking back over his career, Engwall is especially proud of his role negotiating the Upper Mississippi-UPM Forestry Legacy Project, a conservation easement with Blandin Forestry, one of the largest private forest owners in Minnesota. Today, Craig continues his conservation work as Senior Legal and Program Advisor for the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources. He also serves on the MN Forest Resources Council and the DNR Deer Advisory Committee.
He can often be found hunting, fishing, or doing just about any outdoor activity in the Chippewa National Forest near his hunting land in Itasca County.