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Gov. Gianforte nominates director of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

By: - January 20, 2021 4:29 pm

Retiring FWP Director Henry “Hank” Worsech. (Courtesy photo)

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Wednesday his nomination of Henry “Hank” Worsech to lead the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.

“Protecting our public lands and conserving wildlife is a shared priority of landowners, hunters, anglers, and all Montanans who cherish our outdoor heritage. It’s part of what defines our Montana way of life,” Gianforte said in a statement. “With nearly two decades of experience with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Hank understands the importance of this tradition and is committed to strengthening it.”

A public servant for nearly three decades, Worsech most recently served as a license bureau chief for the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Over his 17 years with the department, Worsech helped foster landowner and sportsmen relations, worked closely with department management over two administrations, and oversaw department licensing to advance FWP’s mission, according to the news release from the Governor’s Office.

“It’s a true honor to be selected as the director of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and I look forward to working alongside the great employees once again,” Worsech said in a statement from the Governor’s Office. “I am excited to work with such a proven leader as Governor Gianforte and his team to provide improved citizen services, expand access opportunities, and build strong landowner-sportsmen relationships. We’ll deliver on the governor’s call to reach our full potential by providing the citizens of Montana unsurpassed outdoor experiences.”

The news release said Worsech is a Marine Corps veteran who settled in Montana over 30 years ago after being discharged from his duties as an administrative and legal chief for the service.

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