Contact(s): Ed Muzik, assistant park supervisor, 920-451-4080 Marcus Smith, DNR communications, 414-263-8516
SHEBOYGAN - Jim Buchholz, park superintendent of Kohler-Andrae State Park, is retiring from state service on April 19, 2013, after more than 36 years of service to the State of Wisconsin.
Buchholz began working for the state in 1972 as a seasonal wildlife management assistant at the Department of Natural Resources' Plymouth Service Center in Sheboygan County. He later worked as park ranger at Hartman Creek State Park in Waupaca County, while completing his college degree in Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. He was hired as a full- time park ranger in 1977, stationed at the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest located in Vilas and Oneida counties. In 1978 he transferred to Calumet County where he served as the chief ranger at High Cliff State Park.
Buchholz was promoted to assistant manager at Devil's Lake State Park in Sauk County in 1979, and was promoted to park superintendent of Wyalusing State Park in Grant County in 1983. In 1986 he accepted the position of natural resource property supervisor to manage Kohler-Andrae and the Harrington Beach State Park Work Unit in Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties.
During his tenure in the Sheboygan area, Buchholz supervised the relocation of the Kohler-Andrae State Park main entrance and the construction of the new park visitor service center at the north end of the property. He also developed four new hiking trails in the park, a marsh boardwalk interpretive trail along the Black River and a 2 1/2-mile cord walk trail through the park's Kohler Dunes State Natural Area.
Additional park improvements included the construction of an outdoor picnic shelter building, two new restroom/shower facilities, a children's fishing pond, an accessible cabin for people with disabilities, and most recently, a 30-unit campsite addition to the family campground. Harrington Beach State Park improvements included the construction of a new park visitor service center and the development of a 75-unit campground.
Buchholz introduced several new volunteer programs to both parks. These included two not-for-profit citizen support groups: the Friends of Kohler-Andrae and the Friends of Harrington Beach. He also introduced a volunteer campground host and a nature center host program to the park. Some 500 volunteers donate more than 7,000 hours of service at Kohler-Andrae State Park each year by helping staff the park office, the Sanderling Nature Center and conduct special events and provide labor for maintenance projects throughout the year.
Until a new work unit superintendent is assigned for Kohler-Andrae and Harrington Beach State Park, Assistant Park Supervisor Ed Muzik will assume those duties.