About the Trust
Keith grew up on a farm at Erie, ND, about 40 miles northwest of Fargo in Cass County. He received an undergraduate teaching degree in science and mathematics from Mayville State University (MSU) in 1971. Following graduation from MSU, he took graduate courses at the University of Minnesota’s Itaska biological field station during the summer of 1971 and completed a Master's degree in fish and wildlife management from North Dakota State University in 1973. Keith began his career with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in 1973 as a resource planner. He worked on several special assignments for the NDGF, including a study of the water management issues in the Devils Lake Basin and preparation of the westcentral North Dakota regional environmental impact study on energy development. He became a district game warden in 1977 stationed in Rugby, North Dakota. He became the Department’s deputy director in 1979. Keith left the agency in 1981 to pursue private business interests in real estate, insurance, and computer software development. He also worked in the Computer Services Division at Basin Electric Power Cooperative for nearly eight years. In 1989 Keith returned to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department as deputy director. In June of 1998, he left the Department to accept the position of executive director with the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust.
Terry is the Business Manager/Biologist with the Trust. He grew up across the border in northcentral South Dakota on a farm/ranch near Roscoe, SD. He is a graduate of South Dakota State University, having experience in fisheries, endangered species, and wildlife resources. Terry joined the Trust in 1999. His main responsibilities include the daily business activities of the Trust and coordinating Trust conservation programs. Terry and his wife Heidi have two daughters, Camden and Kenley. Terry also enjoys spending his free time on the Missouri River.
Energy Program Manager
Jesse is the Energy Program Manager with the Trust. His main responsibilities include working with partners in the energy and agricultural livestock industries. Jesse has a graduate and undergraduate degree in natural resources management from North Dakota State University. He has experience in grant administration, grant writing, partnership development, prairie restoration, habitat development, land reclamation, the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) program, environmental assessments, and storm water pollution and prevention plans and inspections. Most recently, Jesse manages a terrestrial carbon capture study involving several partners from multiple industries. Before coming to the Trust, Jesse worked as the regional wildlife biologist with Pheasants Forever and worked as an environmental consultant in the oil and gas industry. Jesse and his wife Beth have two children, daughter Alli and son Jace, and live in Bismarck, ND. Jesse spends his free time with his family in the outdoors and coaching hockey.
Wetland Biologist/NAWCA Staff
Rick is the Wetland Biologist for the Trust and is also the NAWCA staff member for the Central Flyway. His work includes wetland management, wetland creation and enhancement projects, and wetland education. He came to the Trust after retiring from a 31-year career at Ducks Unlimited (DU), where he served as a biologist at the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck. Through his work on the delivery of waterfowl habitat on public and private lands, he worked on projects in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, and Iowa. Prior to working for DU, he was employed by the Kansas Fish and Game Commission as the manager of the Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Management Area in Kansas and before that, as the assistant state waterfowl biologist for the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Rick grew up in Kansas and enjoys hunting and fishing.
Conservation Program Coordinator
Brenda joined the Trust in 2019 as the Administrative/Conservation Specialist. Her main responsibilities are to manage the Trust’s day-to-day administrative activities and oversee the Small Grant Program. Brenda grew up in Fargo and graduated from from North Dakota State University with a bechelor's degree in Zoology, with an emphasis in Wildlife and Fisheries. She has seven years of experience conducting biological surveys in the Missouri Coteau, Drift Prairie, and Red River Valley regions of North Dakota. Brenda also has five years of prior administrative experience, working in a variety of healthcare settings. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, camping, bird watching and exploring the prairie with her husband and two children.