For me acknowledging Erik as Warden of the year is a little more personal. Back in 1998-99 Erik was a HS student at West Fargo and I was the Fargo area Game Warden. We started a program through Boy Scouts with their Explorers for students interested in a natural resources career and yes…Erik was in. I grew to knew Erik as a friend and he’s not just a top-notch warden, but more importantly he’s a great person above and beyond. Congrats and well deserved.
Erik Schmidt, North Dakota Game and Fish Department district game warden stationed in Linton, is the state’s 2011 Wildlife Officer of the Year. Schmidt was honored recently by the Shikar-Safari Club International, a private conservation organization that annually recognizes outstanding wildlife officers in each state.
In a nomination letter sent to Shikar-Safari, chief warden Robert Timian said Schmidt’s district in south central North Dakota provides some of the best hunting and fishing opportunities in the state, and with it brings a lot of activity.
“Warden Schmidt is relentless in his pursuit of violators, and at the same time maintains his professionalism,” Timian said. “He has demonstrated the ability to document many violations, yet maintain good judgment and uses his discretion appropriately.”
In addition, Schmidt also received the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators Officer of the Year award for North Dakota. Each state in NASBLA selects a person for a national award. Among the criteria for receiving the award is boating activity in regards to law enforcement, education, search and rescue, outreach and training.
Boat and water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt said, “Officer Schmidt has become skilled at detection, field testing, arrest and prosecution of impaired boat operators. He is always willing to work when times are busiest on the water, and because of his hard work and dedication the people of North Dakota have a safer environment to enjoy.”