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Natural Areas Preservation Council

The Natural Areas Preservation Council (NAPC) is the official advisory body for the DNR's State Natural Areas Program providing guidance on issues relating to the establishment, protection and management of State Natural Areas. In 1951, the Wisconsin legislature established the State Board for the Preservation of Scientific Areas (later renamed NAPC) with duties found in State Statutes Chapter 15.347(4) and Chapter 23.26..  The council is composed of 11 members with professional backgrounds in conservation biology, botany, zoology, ecology and geology. Members serve three-year terms and are listed below under their respective appointing institutions.


Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

Eric M. Anderson (Council Chair)
Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI

Marcia Bjornerud
Walter Schober Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geology
Lawrence University
Appleton, WI

Thomas L. Eddy
Adjunct Professor of Biology
Marian University and Ripon College
Green Lake, WI

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Drew Feldkirchner (Council Secretary)
Director, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Madison, WI

Craig Thompson
Chief, Program Integration Section
Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
La Crosse, WI

Milwaukee Public Museum

Christopher Tyrell
Research Curator
Milwaukee Public Museum
Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Kevin Anderson
Science Education Consultant
Department of Public Instruction
Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin System

Kenneth R. Bradbury
Director and State Geologist
Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
Madison, WI

Sharon L. Dunwoody (Council Vice Chair)
Professor Emerita
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

David Mladenoff
Professor of Forest Ecology
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

[One UW-System Vacancy]