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NRB confirms three members to second term

By Central Office November 14, 2017

Contact(s): Jim Dick, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773

MADISON-DNR Secretary Dan Meyer congratulates three Natural Resources Board members on being confirmed to a second term.

Current board chair, Terry Hilgenberg of Shawano, Greg Kazmierski of Mukwonago and William Bruins of Waupun will each serve another six-year term expiring May 1, 2023.

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB or Board) sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources and exercises authority and responsibility in accordance with governing state laws.

Under the Chapter 15 of the Wisconsin Statutes, three members are appointed from the territory north of a line running east and west through the south limits of Stevens Point, three members from the territory south of the line and one member from the state at large. As of May 1, 2017, under Wisconsin Act 149, at least one board member must have an agricultural background.

Terry Hilgenberg (Northern member and current chair) -Terry has been in the real estate business since 1975. He had been a Realtor and President of Coldwell Banker Hilgenberg Realtors® in Shawano until he recently sold that group to Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group. Terry still works with that group out of the Shawano office and remains as President of Hilgenberg Realty LLC as well as Vice President of Hilgenberg & Associates which specializes in development and commercial real estate.

Terry has been very active in local, state and national Realtor organizations and as a community-minded person, Terry has been President of the Shawano Rotary, Shawano Optimist, and Shawano Dollars for Scholars, Shawano Area Chamber of Commerce, Shawano County Economic Development, Inc. as well as being active and involved in civic fundraising efforts, including the building of two schools - a high school and an elementary school in Shawano, the Boy Scouts and Special Olympics.

Greg Kazmierski (Southern Member) - Greg brings to the board a diverse experience in the "regulated community" with a background in agriculture, as a former licensed water well driller, a forest and wetland owner, a business property owner, and an avid sportsman.

His years of volunteer work for numerous organizations, testifying frequently before the state Natural Resources Board (NRB) and legislative committees, as well as serving on several stakeholder committees established by the NRB and DNR, have made him quite familiar with the process.

Growing up on a dairy farm in the rural community of Mukwonago inspired Greg's appreciation of Wisconsin's natural resources. For more than three decades he has been fortunate to share that passion for the outdoors in his successful sporting goods business in Delafield, Wisconsin.

William Bruins (At-Large Member) - Bill is the general manager of his family's dairy partnership, Homeland Dairy, in Fond du Lac consisting of 600 milking cows and 1,300 acres of cropland.

Bill was elected to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF) Board of Directors in 1988 and later became board vice president from 1997 until his election as president in 2003. He is a member of several agricultural boards and a member of the Farm Bureau Life Board of Directors and serves on the Farm Bureau Life Audit and Budget Committee.

Bill also serves on the UW Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences Board of Visitors and was appointed to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Board of Directors in May of 2011.

In Bill's early years with Farm Bureau, he served as chairman of the Young Farmers Committee in 1978, and was the Farm Bureau's Discussion Meet winner. Bill is a graduate of the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course.

DNR Secretary Meyer, the agency's leadership team and staff look forward to working together with these three reappointed board members along with the other four members, current vice chair Dr. Frederick Prehn of Wausau, current secretary Julie Anderson of Oak Creek, Preston Cole of Milwaukee and Gary Zimmer of Laona on policy matters that are important to all citizens and visitors who experience Wisconsin's natural resources.

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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James Dick
Director of Communications
608-267-2773