ND Parks- New Leader
Jarrod Thomas | Apr 5, 2017 AT 3:41 pm
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The assistant administrator and operations chief for Montana State Parks is the new leader of North Dakota's Parks and Recreation Department.North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced the appointment of Melissa Baker on Tuesday. She'll begin her duties April 24.Baker currently leads regional park managers and all field-level parks staff within the 55-unit Montana State Parks system. She also oversees various programs within the system and directed the development of a statewide Heritage Resources Strategic Plan.In North Dakota, she'll oversee the management of 14 state parks and eight state recreation areas.Baker was born in California and grew up in Tennessee. She previously worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and also has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Maine.