Few individuals have had a more significant, positive impact on Michigan’s recreational fishing than former Director of Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Dr. Howard Tanner.
The impact of Tanner’s successful introduction of Pacific salmon into the Great Lakes in the mid-1960’s is still felt today and estimates of the economic value of Tanner’s work range as high as $10 billion dollars.
In recognition of his efforts, Tanner was recently inducted into the Michigan Outdoor Hall of Fame where a plaque commemorating his contributions will hang in the MDNR’s Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center in Cadillac Michigan.
Tanner was hired as the Fisheries Division Chief for Michigan’s Department of Conservation (later renamed to Michigan Department of Natural Resources) in 1964 and went on to serve as the Director of Michigan’s DNR. He graduated with a PhD in Fisheries Science from Michigan State University in 1959 and worked at the Colorado Game, Fish and Parks Department prior to returning to Michigan.
The Michigan Outdoor Hall of Fame was founded by the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) in 2017. The MOHoF recognizes individuals or organizations who have had statewide, regional or national significance in an outdoor sport, communications, conservation, government, or education.