Eichinger new DNR chief: Gov. Whitmer makes appointment

By Journal Staff

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced appointments for several state agencies, including Daniel Eichinger, who joins the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as the DNR’s new director.

Eichinger most recently served as executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs, the nation’s most effective state-based conservation organization, according to a DNR press release. In that role, he led MUCC’s return as a driving force for conservation and outdoor heritage. Under his leadership, MUCC revamped its organizational structure, grew membership and launched new programs to connect people with nature.

From 2007 to 2012, he worked in various capacities with the DNR, first as legislative liaison, where he was heavily involved in passing the innovative Recreation Passport to fund state parks. Later, he helped establish the first Policy and Regulations Unit for the agency’s Wildlife Division.

Gov. Whitmer, in the release, called Eichinger “a trusted leader in the conservation of Michigan’s abundant natural resources and outdoor heritage” and someone who “has the broad experience needed to bring innovative ideas and also successful implementation of conservation efforts and recreation opportunities here in the state.”

Eichinger, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fisheries and wildlife from Michigan State University, as well as a master’s of public administration, is eager to get started in this new role.

“Conservation is a team sport,” he said. “I look forward to working with our partners to continue the thoughtful stewardship of the extraordinary natural and cultural resources that so deeply define us as Michiganders.”