BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum appointed an interim director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department on Tuesday, July 20, to oversee the department after its longtime chief steps down at the end of the month.

Deputy Director Scott Peterson will fill the seat of Director Terry Steinwand, who retires on July 31, until a new director is named.

Peterson, who has served as the deputy chief of Game and Fish since 2014, came into the department in 1986 as a habitat biologist in the Garrison Division. He also worked in wildlife management for the department and earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife management and zoology from North Dakota State University.

Steinwand will retire following 15 years as director and more than 40 years with the Game and Fish Department.

This legislative session, North Dakota lawmakers set a two-year budget of approximately $92 million for the department.