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.