Norm Minch, Information and Education Director
Norm Minch was appointed I & E Division Director March 1, 2018, after working in the division for 32 years. He began his career as an information officer, in the former Public Relations Division where his primary duties were writing press releases, articles for what was then Happy Hunting Ground (Kentucky Afield) Magazine and responding to media and public requests for agency-related information.
Norm was selected as the Director following his last 14 years as a Fish & Wildlife Program Manager / Assistant Division Director. He graduated Shelby County High and Georgetown College with an English major and psychology minor.
"I've had the unique pleasure of being part of a tremendous team, not only of highly skilled and dedicated members, but more importantly a group of people who truly care about helping others of all ages learn to value how wildlife enriches our lives in so many different ways," Minch says.
We have many of the absolute top information and education-related programs offered through a fish and wildlife department found anywhere in the nation. Some have existed for 70 years or more, some only a few months old, but they collectively have and do reach millions of people about the importance of conservation, and the benefits that participating in hunting, fishing, boating and all wildlife-related recreation provides.
That’s a tremendous credit to the foresight of those KDFWR employees who have served the people of this state before it became our job to be shepherds, Minch says. Kentucky has pioneered many programs for wildlife agencies, and continuing that effort in new, innovative ways is one of our division goals he adds.
“No matter if it’s summer camp for kids, engaging new adult hunters and anglers through our outreach programs or providing a showcase to Kentucky’s outdoors through the Salato Wildlife Center, Kentucky Afield TV or Magazine – every effort is vital,” Minch believes.
“I am privileged to serve alongside all those in this agency who go the extra mile every day to help people have great fish and wildlife-related experiences in our state. Our people are committed to what they do because it’s not just their 9-5 – it’s part of their lives. It’s inspiring to witness, even after 30 plus years of being surrounded by it,” said Minch.
Norm’s family includes his incomparable wife Beth Spivey=Minch, and son Trent, a sophomore at UK in Engineering. Home base is Stamping Ground in Scott County. Norm is a member of Southland Christian Church, enjoys numerous outdoor activities including turkey and squirrel hunting, pond fishing and bird-watching, is an official measurer for the Boone & Crockett Club, and proudly supports the Louisville Cardinals.