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January 31, 2012

MADISON - The seven-member State Natural Resources Board elected its officers at its Jan. 25 meeting in Madison.

Dr. David Clausen, DVM, was reelected as chair. Clausen is a veterinarian from Amery. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior for pre-veterinary medicine. Clausen received B.S. and DVM degrees from the University of Minnesota. In 1973, he founded Apple River Animal Hospital in Amery. His professional career includes 25 years as a large animal veterinarian with an emphasis on herd health and reproductive medicine. Clausen was appointed to the board on Feb. 19, 2006, and reappointed May 1, 2007. His term expires May 1, 2013.

Preston D. Cole was reelected vice-chair. Cole holds a senior level appointed position as Director of Operations for the city of Milwaukee Department of Public Works and acts as the deputy commissioner of public works. His span of control covers approximately 2,400 employees, $300 million operation and maintenance and enterprise budgets along with a $108 million capital budget. Prior to his promotion to director of operations, Cole has served as the environmental services superintendent and city forester. He has been employed by the city of Milwaukee Department of Public Works since 1991. Cole was appointed to the board on August 2007. His term expires May 1, 2013.

Christine Thomas was reelected secretary. Thomas is dean and professor of resource management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources. In addition to her role as a university educator, Thomas developed "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman," a program that teaches women outdoor skills. Thomas has a B.S. in biology from Central Michigan University, an M.S. in Water Resources from the UW-Stevens Point and a Ph.D. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thomas was appointed to the board in March 2004 and reappointed July 10, 2009. Her term expires May 1, 2015.

The Natural Resources Board sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources and exercises authority and responsibility in accordance with governing statutory provisions. Chapter 15 of the Wisconsin Statutes delineates the formal duties of the seven-member board. Board members are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate. Three members each must be selected from the northern and southern portions of the state and one member serves at large.

The board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month except for August and December. The board does not meet in July and November. Board meetings are held at the State Natural Resources Building in Madison from October through May and at locations throughout the state from June through September. Board meeting dates and locations are listed in the Natural Resources Board calendar. Board meetings outside of Madison in 2012 are June 26-27 in Siren; August 7-8 in Germantown; and September 25-26 in Eau Claire.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Laurie Ross, Board Liaison, (608)267-7420

Last Revised: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

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