Rich Biske is the Resilient Waters Director for The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. As Director, Rich leads the freshwater policy development, conservation strategy, watershed protection and builds capacity of partner organizations. Biske collaborates with public and private sector leaders to advance freshwater protection for people and nature. He leads a team of talented scientists, regional program managers and project managers that implement conservation action throughout the 3-state chapter.
Rich also leads the Chapter’s Providing Food and Water Strategy and Mississippi Headwaters Fund. In 2021 Governor Walz appointed Rich to the Clean Water Council directing the use Clean Water Funds and development of Minnesota water policy.
Rich has contributed to the Conservancy’s multi-state Mississippi River Basin and North America Agriculture programs for over a decade. Prior to his current position he was the Southeast Minnesota Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy from 2005 to 2014. Rich led regional partnerships and initiated several innovative soil and water conservation practices along with habitat protection and restoration programs that continue today. Prior to The Nature Conservancy, Biske was a Natural Resources Planner with the Anoka Conservation District, conducting site based habitat protection, restoration and open space planning and protection.
Rich is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources in St. Paul with a BS in Environmental Science, Planning and Policy. He lives in Lino Lakes, MN and enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 children and dog Ruby on Minnesota’s waters and exploring the many great natural places of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Minnesota must act now to protect its vital waterways
"Now that all of Minnesota’s major watersheds have been evaluated, we need to direct our attention to protecting the most significant waters that remain relatively clean."