April 14, 2015
WOODRUFF, Wis. -- Mike Vogelsang has been named north district fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
A Watertown native, Vogelsang brings some 24 years of fisheries management experience with DNR to his new role. Vogelsang has served as leader of the headwaters fish team based in Woodruff since 2001, developing working partnerships with angling groups, tribal fisheries managers and community leaders while supervising fisheries biologists, technicians and overseeing development of management plans.
"I look forward to continuing our program's data-driven management approach, which goes hand in hand with protecting and enhancing the region's fishery," Vogelsang said. "As we move forward, I will enjoy working with our excellent fisheries staff and staff from the many other programs we integrate with."
Vogelsang's supervisory role now covers fisheries teams extending from Florence County in the northeast to Bayfield County in the north to St. Croix County in the northwest. He will remain based in Woodruff and will start his new position on April 19.
Vogelsang credits his childhood and high school summers spent at the family cabin on Druid Lake near Hartford for creating a lifelong interest in fisheries management. After graduating from UW-Stevens Point in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries biology and a minor in water resources, he started with DNR as a limited term employee in Park Falls, Woodruff and the Northern Highland Fishery Research Area before becoming a permanent fisheries technician in Woodruff in 1992.
He went on to spend eight years as the fisheries biologist on the Madison lakes before transferring back to Woodruff as the fisheries biologist for Oneida County in 2000. From 2001 to present he has served as the fisheries team leader in Woodruff.
Vogelsang replaces Steve Avelallemant, a longtime DNR northern Wisconsin fisheries supervisor who retired in 2014.
He and his wife Cindy have two daughters. Outside his work for DNR, Vogelsang is familiar to many in the community for his efforts to support Lakeland Union High School's cross country running, skiing and track teams.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT; Mike Vogelsang, DNR northern fisheries supervisor, 715-356-5211 Ext. 239, Michael.Vogelsang@wisconsin.gov; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov