August 4, 2022


Contact:  Jenny Gieseke (507-381-3131)

August 4, 2022

St. Paul, Minn.—Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Executive Director John Jaschke announced today Craig Engwall will be joining BWSR as its Senior Legal and Program Advisor. Engwall has served as the executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association for the past seven years.

“We are thrilled that Craig is bringing to BWSR his decades of conservation leadership experience from the non-profit sector, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR),” Jaschke said. “As counsel for BWSR while at the AGO, Craig was instrumental in getting the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and other conservation programs off the ground.”

In his role as Senior Legal and Program Advisor, Engwall will provide legal and related policy analysis and develop, promote and support initiatives for the utilization, conservation, and long-term protection of Minnesota's water and soil resources. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to come to BWSR to be part of the important conservation work that is being accomplished there every day,” Engwall said. “I’m anxious to hit the ground running and join BWSR’s staff, board and partners in improving and protecting Minnesota’s water and soil resources.”

Engwall will assume his new position on August 22.


BWSR is the state soil and water conservation agency, and it administers programs that prevent sediment and nutrients from entering our lakes, rivers, and streams; enhance fish and wildlife habitat; and protect wetlands. The 20-member board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. BWSR's mission is to improve and protect Minnesota's water and soil resources by working in partnership with local organizations and private landowners