February 1, 2011
MADISON - Jonathan Ela of Madison was re-elected chair of the seven-member State Natural Resources Board at its Jan. 26 meeting in Madison.
Jonathan Ela (center) was re-elected Natural Resources Board chair. Dr. David Clausen (left) was ekected vice chair. Chris Thomas was elected secretary.
Ela was first appointed to the board Jan. 22, 2003, and was reappointed Jan. 8, 2007. He is retired from the Sierra Club.
Dr. David Clausen of Amery was elected vice chair. Clausen is a veterinarian. He was first appointed to the board on Feb. 19, 2006, and was reappointed May 1, 2007.
Christine L. Thomas, dean and professor of resource management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources, was elected secretary. Thomas was appointed to the board in March 2004, and was reappointed July 10, 2009.
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.
The board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month except for July and November. Board meetings are held at the DNR Building in Madison and at locations throughout the state during summer months as determined by the board. Board meeting dates and locations are listed in the Natural Resources Board calendar. Tentative out-state meetings for the Board in 2011 are: June, northeast region; August, south central region; and September, southeast region.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Laurie Ross, Board Liaison, (608) 267-7420