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Board member information

Chapter 15 of the Wisconsin Statutes establishes the 7-member Natural Resources Board and describes its duties. Board members are nominated by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate for 6-year terms. Under the law, 3 members are appointed from the territory north of a line running east and west through the south limits of Stevens Point, 3 members from the territory south of the line and 1 member from the state at large.

2011 Wisconsin Act 149 states that beginning May 1, 2017, at least 1 Board member must have an agricultural background and at least 3 Board members must have held a hunting, fishing, or trapping license in at least 7 of the 10 years before the year of nomination except if an individual served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or national guard during the 10 years previous to the year in which the individual is nominated, the number of years in which the individual is required to have held an annual hunting, fishing, or trapping license equals 7 minus the number of years of active duty served during those 10 years. Terms expire on May 1.


Board Member biographies as of August 27, 2021.

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Dr. Frederick Prehn, Chair

Prehn Dental Office and Docs Weapons, LLC. Appointed May 18, 2015; term expires May 1, 2021.

413 Jefferson Street
Wausau, WI 54403

Gregory Kazmierski, Vice-Chair

President and Owner, Buck Rub Outfitters Ltd. Appointed May 1, 2011; term expires May 1, 2023.

N13 W28400 Silvernail Rd.
Pewaukee WI 53072

Bill Smith, Secretary

Past Board Member for Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and (retired) Natural Resources Manager. Appointed June 27, 2019. Term expires May 1, 2025.

202 Donovan Cove Road
Shell Lake WI 54871

Sharon Adams

HN Development. Appointed May 1, 2021; term expires May 1, 2027.

2247 N 17 Street
Milwaukee, WI  53205

William Bruins

Owner and Operator, Homeland Dairy. Appointed May 1, 2011; term expires May 1, 2023.

N2899 State Highway 49
Waupun WI 53963

Terry Hilgenberg

Broker, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, and President, Hilgenberg Realtors. Appointed May 1, 2011. Term expires May 1, 2023.

PO Box 555
Shawano WI 54166
715-526-6148 (Office)

Marcy West

Director, WEDC Office Rural Prosperity. Appointed January 29, 2020. Term expires May 1, 2025.

E. 14127 County Road P
La Farge, WI 54639

Issue Coordinator: Air, Waste, Water Management, and Enforcement

William Bruins

Issue Co-Coordinators: Land Management, Recreation, Fisheries, and Wildlife

Greg Kazmierski

Contact information
If you have Board-related questions or would like to request information, to submit written comments, or to register to speak at a Board meeting or listening session, email or call:
Laurie J. Ross, Board Liaison
Office of the Secretary, AD/8
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