Meet Ben Potts

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Hello ev­ery­one, My name is Benjamin Potts and I am hon­ored to say I am the new Ranger for the Pem­bina Gorge State Recre­ation Area near Wal­halla, ND. I am very ex­cited for this amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity and am look­ing for­ward for the many

come. A lit­tle bit about my­self. I was born in Laramie, WY and grew up in Devils Lake, ND. I grew up with a fam­ily that was very ac­tive in out­door recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties such as hunt­ing, fish­ing, trap­ping, hik­ing, trail rid­ing etc. With my pas­sion for the out­doors I de­cided I wanted a ca­reer some­where in the nat­u­ral re­source field. I grad­u­ated high school in 2007 and at­tended Lake Re­gion State Col­lege for two years then trans­ferred to Val­ley City State Univer­sity where I re­ceived my Bach­e­lors of Sci­ence in Fish­eries and Wildlife Man­age­ment in 2013. In the sum­mer months be­gin­ning in high school and end­ing re­cently I worked as a sea­sonal for three dif­fer­ent agen­cies gain­ing broad and valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence. My first three sum­mers were spent at Sully’s Hill Na­tional Game Pre­serve as an YCC mem­ber. In col­lege I worked for the North Dakota Game and Fish in Devils Lake as a wildlife tech­ni­cian for two sum­mers and at the Pem­bina Gorge State Recre­ation Area as a trail crew mem­ber for the past five sum­mers. With tak­ing over this po­si­tion I see some needs ahead for which I am happy and ex­cited to ful­fill. I will be do­ing the Snow­mo­bile and OHV cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in this part of the state so I look for­ward to meet­ing many of you and work­ing with you in near fu­ture. In ad­di­tion to that, some goals I have are to keep in con­stant con­tact with the com­mu­ni­ties and clubs around the state, to ed­u­cate the pub­lic in Fed­eral, State and lo­cal laws, and to keep the trail sys­tems a safe and friendly en­vi­ron­ment for all to en­joy.

Have a safe and happy win­ter sea­son, Benjamin Potts

Ben Potts

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