Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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DNR names new forestry director

St. Paul Minnesota DNR Commissioner Allen Garber announced
Monday that he has selected a long-time Minnesota forestry
professional to head the DNR’s Forestry Division.

Michael Carroll, a 21-year veteran with the DNR who currently
serves as the area forest supervisor in Park Rapids, will assume
the position as of May 23, just prior to the agency’s planned
Forest Summit.

According to Garber, Carroll was selected because of his
extensive experience with the agency, and a “strong record of
achievement.”

“Mike Carroll knows our forestry programs and policies as well
as anyone in Minnesota,” Garber says. “He understands the history
and has excellent working relationships with staff. He is someone
who can hit the ground running.”

Born and raised in upstate New York, Carroll graduated with a
Bachelors Degree in Forestry from Syracuse University. He has a
Masters Degree in Entomology with Academic Distinction from the
University of Missouri-Columbia.

During his 21 years with the Minnesota DNR, Carroll has spent
nine years as superintendent of the Badoura State Forest Nursery.
Before that he was Program Supervisor for Forest Resource
Management and Analysis, and a Regional Forest Health
Specialist.

Carroll told Outdoor News that wildlife and recreational uses on
the state’s forest lands will remain a priority uinder hus tenure.
An avid hunter and an gler, he’s also a member of the Minnesota
Waterfowl Association and the Minnesota Deer Hunters
Association.

“I’ve been fishing since I could walk and learned to hunt witha
single shot shot gun,” he said. “Forest receration is something my
whole family takes very seriously.”

Carroll inherits a division that could be down more than 50
positions under current state budget forecasts. He said that both
he and his boss, Commissioner Garber, are committed to “turning
that around.”

“I am still very hopeful that even this session, the Legislature
will try to help rectify this,” Carroll said. “The Commissioner has
said that Forestry’s time is coming, and if we can’t turn it around
this session, then definitely next year.”

Carroll said he’s also committed to Garber’s forestry vision and
applying techniques from the “Finnish model” to Minnesota forests.
He believes state conservation and sportmen groups, some of whom
have expressed concern about the Finnish model’s effects on
wildlife management, should understand that the two are not
mutually exclusive.

“Look, I love to deer hunt,” he said. “I think the conservation
groups need to step up and spell out their concerns, and I think
we’ll address those and give assurances to manage for these
species.”

During his tenure with the DNR, Carroll has received numerous
awards for outstanding achievement and accomplishmerit. In 1995, he
served as the Minnesota Chair for the Society of American
Foresters. He’s also active in his community, serving as a school
board member and chair, Lions Club president, and a board member
for Park Rapids Youth Baseball.

Carroll says he’s excited to get started. “My priorities will be
communication, cooperation, challenge and more communication.”

He currently lives in Park Rapids with his wife, Nancy. They
have two sons, age 19 and 17 and a daughter age 13.

He replaces Gerald Rose, who resigned as DNR Director of
Forestry earlier this year to take a position with the
International Association of State Foresters.

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