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Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Board member information

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, 2017, 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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Terry Hilgenberg, Chair

Broker, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, and President, Hilgenberg Realtors. Appointed May 1, 2011. Term expires May 1, 2023.

PO Box 555
Shawano WI 54166
715-526-6148 (Office)


Dr. Frederick Prehn, Vice-Chair

Prehn Dental Office/Cranberry Company. Appointed May 18, 2015; term expires May 1, 2021.

413 Jefferson Street
Wausau, WI 54403


Julie Anderson, Secretary

Racine County Public Works and Development Services. Appointed May 1, 2015; term expires May 1, 2021.

14200 Washington Avenue
Sturtevant, WI 53177-1253


William Bruins

Owner and Operator, Homeland Dairy. Appointed May 1, 2011; term expires May 1, 2023.

N2899 State Highway 49
Waupun WI 53963


Preston D. Cole

Commissioner, City of Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services
Appointed August 17, 2007; reappointed May 28, 2013; term expires May 1, 2019

841 N. Broadway Rm. 104
Milwaukee WI 53202


Gregory Kazmierski

President and Owner, Buck Rub Outfitters Ltd. Appointed May 1, 2011; term expires May 1, 2023.

N13 W28400 Silvernail Rd.
Pewaukee WI 53072


Gary Zimmer

Assistant Executive Director of the Wisconsin County Forests Association. Appointed April 5, 2013; term expires May 1, 2019.

7567 Glacier Park Ct
Rhinelander, WI 54501

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

William Bruins

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

Gary Zimmer

Last revised: Wednesday March 21 2018