Local DNR employee dies in skiing accident


BALDWIN — The Department of Natural Resources is mourning the loss of Mark Knee, 40 of Ludington, who died Sunday of injuries received in a skiing accident.

Knee was employed as a wildlife biologist by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at the Baldwin Field Office. He also was a fishing guide for Schmidt Outfitters in Wellston and a member of Ducks Unlimited. 

“It’s quite a shock for the local wildlife division,” DNR wildlife biologist Pete Kailing of Big Rapids said. “He was a co-worker. We worked together every day.”

Kailing noted Knee, as a wildlife technician, was responsible for implementing plans in game areas.

“He would set up timber trails, answer questions about wildlife, deal with nuisance, wildlife and all the myriad of duties that would come with being a wildlife manager,” Kailing said. “He worked with us on-and-off seasonally and full-time for over a year. He had a long career with other natural resource agencies.

“He transferred to Baldwin a few months ago.”

Knee also had a small business making and selling maps, Kailing added.

“He loved his family and friends and was well known in the conservation community,” Kailing said. “He was well-liked and respected.”