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Chapter 15 of the Wisconsin Statutes establishes the 7-member Natural Resources Board and describes its duties. Board members are nominated by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate for 6-year terms. Under the law, 3 members are appointed from the territory north of a line running east and west through the south limits of Stevens Point, 3 members from the territory south of the line and 1 member from the state at large.

2011 Wisconsin Act 149 states that beginning May 1, 2013, at least 1 Board member must have an agricultural background and at least 3 Board members must have held a hunting, fishing, or trapping license in at least 7 of the 10 years before the year of nomination except if an individual served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or national guard during the 10 years previous to the year in which the individual is nominated, the number of years in which the individual is required to have held an annual hunting, fishing, or trapping license equals 7 minus the number of years of active duty served during those 10 years. Terms expire on May 1.

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Preston D. Cole, Chair

Director of Operations, City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, Commissioner's Office. Appointed August 17, 2007. Reappointed May 28, 2013. Term expires May 1, 2019.

841 N. Broadway Rm. 501
Milwaukee WI 53202


Terry Hilgenberg, Vice Chair

President, Coldwell Banker Hilgenberg Realtors. Appointed May 1, 2011. Term expires May 1, 2017.

PO Box 555
Shawano WI 54166
715-526-6148 ext. 111

Gregory Kazmierski, Secretary

President and Owner, Buck Rub Outfitters Ltd. Appointed May 1, 2011. Term expires May 1, 2017.

N13 W28400 Silvernail Rd.
Pewaukee WI 53072


William Bruins

Owner and Operator, Homeland Dairy. Appointed May 1, 2011. Term expires May 1, 2017

N2899 State Highway 49
Waupun WI 53963

Christine L. Thomas

Dean and professor of resource management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources. Appointed March 12, 2004. Reappointed July 10, 2009. Term expires May 1, 2015.

College of Natural Resources
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point WI 54481

Jane Wiley

Community conservation activist, retired from the Department of Public Instruction. Appointed July 8, 2004. Reappointed July 10, 2009. Term expires May 1, 2015.

2400 Park Rd.
Wausau WI 54401

Gary Zimmer

Coordinating biologist for the Ruffed Grouse Society. Appointed April 5, 2013. Term expires May 1, 2019.

PO Box 116
Laona WI 54541

Issue Coordinator: Air, Waste, Water Management, and Enforcement

William Bruins

Issue Coordinator: Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife

Jane Wiley

Last revised: Wednesday March 18 2015