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July 10, 2012

MADISON - Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has appointed 19-year DNR veteran Dan Baumann to direct the agency's West Central Region.

Dan Baumann
Dan Baumann
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"Dan is a strong leader with a big picture outlook. He is extremely skilled at reaching out and bringing DNR staff and the public together to form partnerships," said Stepp. "His energy and can-do, positive attitude will serve the people of west central Wisconsin well. I am extremely proud to add him to DNR's management team," she said.

Following an extensive military career, Dan Baumann started his DNR career in 1992 as an engineering intern. The next year, he landed a permanent job as water regulation and zoning engineer. He was promoted to basin leader for the Bad Ax Basin in La Crosse in 2000. And in November 2003, was promoted to regional Water Leader.

Baumann attended UW-Center Richland and UW-Madison where he earned a degree in civil and environmental engineering and has had extensive training in the military in leadership, planning, counseling, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Baumann is a native of Muscoda, where he grew up working on a dairy farm and spent lots of time on the Lower Wisconsin Riverway.

In his spare time, Baumann enjoys hunting, fishing, and trapping as well as spending time doing anything outdoors. Dan, his wife Sarah and three girls, Ellie, Katie and Abby reside in Eau Claire.

"It is a privilege to be able to serve the public, DNR staff and the resource in this new capacity. I appreciate the confidence that Secretary Stepp and her staff have shown in selecting me for this position, and I'm committed to filling the large shoes left by Scott Humrickhouse. The West Central Region is filled with special places and special people, and I am honored to be working for both of them in this new role," Baumann said.

DNR's West Central Region includes Adams, Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Portage, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Vernon, and Wood counties. Former regional director Scott Humrickhouse retired earlier this year after 31 years of service to the state of Wisconsin.

Regional directors represent DNR with local government and organizations play a key role in consistently applying laws and DNR policies. Stepp notes that whenever regional directors hear businesses thinking of expanding or locating in Wisconsin, they are charged with leading a team to assist the business through permitting, assuring environmental concerns are addressed early on in the planning process to avoid delays and unnecessary costs.

FORM MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Baumann - 715-839-3722 or Bill Cosh - 608-267-2773

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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