Contact(s): Laurie Ross, NRB liaison, 608-267-7420 or Andrew Savagian, DNR Office of Communications, 608-261-6422
MADISON - Dr. Frederick Prehn was elected chair of the seven-member Wisconsin Natural Resources Board at its Jan. 23 meeting in Madison. Prehn, who has a dental practice in Wausau and runs a cranberry company in Monroe County, was appointed in May 2015 and his term expires May 2021. He replaces Terry Hilgenberg, a Realtor from Shawano, who will continue to serve as a board member through 2023.
Along with his dental practice, Prehn is a member of Cranberry Growers Cooperative which represents 35 growers selling cranberry products in 23 countries. He introduced wind and solar energy on a large scale to the cranberry industry and runs two large wind generators and solar array on his farm. He also served on the Wisconsin Cranberry Board that funds research, education, and promotion of Wisconsin cranberries. Prehn is an avid outdoorsman and has held Wisconsin hunting and fishing licenses for over 48 years. He is an active member of many conservation groups such as Whitetails Unlimited, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, and Ducks Unlimited.
Gregory Kazmierski, president and owner of Buck Rub Outfitters Ltd. in Pewaukee was elected vice-chair; his term runs through May 2023. Julie Anderson, director of Racine County Public Works and Development Services, was re-elected board secretary; her term runs through May 2021.
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources; state law 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 Wisconsin and one member serves at large. Terms expire on May 1.