Welcome to Paul Lundgren, the new Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state fire section manager.
Working progressively into DNR leadership positions, Paul brings 21 years of forestry and fire experience. Beginning as a smoke-chaser for three seasons out of the DNR Zimmerman Forestry Station, Paul was hired permanently in 1996 as a field forester in Wannaska. Other Division of Forestry (DoF) areas he worked at include Warroad, Pequot Lakes, Backus, Brainerd and Grand Rapids offices. More recently, Paul served as assistant forestry manager in the northeast region. He supervised, implemented and integrated DoF programs, activities, policies and budgets.
Paul has proven forestry and fire management experience and looks forward to working with fire section staff and Minnesota Incident Command System (MNICS) partners. He is now located at the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) in Grand Rapids.
His first day as fire section manager was Aug. 31 at the Minnesota State Fair working at the fire tower. Paul and wife, Lynn, have three children: Olivia (16 years), Madelynn (14 years) and Mason (9 years).