DNR’s Hildreth named conservation and recreation administrator

    Pete Hildreth has been named Conservation and Recreation Division Administrator at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. (Photo courtesy of DNR)

    Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife bureau veteran Pete Hildreth on Monday was named Conservation and Recreation Division administrator.

    The division includes the Wildlife, Fisheries, Law Enforcement, Engineering, Land and Waters and Parks, Preserves and Forests bureaus.  

    Hildreth replaces long-time DNR administrator Dale Garner, who retired in September. 

    Among Hildreth’s work as a natural resource biologists were improvement projects at Black Hawk Lake, Lizard Lake and Little Storm Lake Wildlife Management Area. Hildreth had been southwest district wildlife supervisor for the Wildlife Bureau since 2013.

    Hildreth graduated from Dowling Catholic High School and has a conservation management degree from Upper Iowa University in Fayette. 

    His fishing successes include the catch and release of 305 muskies.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.