Board of Directors

Jerry BarteltJerry Bartelt

EXPERIENCE: Jerry retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after 33 years of service. During the last 15 years of employment he directed the research program for the Wildlife and Forestry Research section.  Recent interests have been in ecosystem and landscape-scale management, adaptive resource management, and ecologically sustainable management practices (e.g. sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry) that are ecologically sustainable, economically profitable, and socially acceptable.  He has been involved with many multi-scale planning efforts at both the state and multi-state level.  The latest project was co-authoring the “Ecological Landscapes of Wisconsin” publication that describes the ecological resources of the state, identifies the most important resources to manage in Wisconsin, and where in the state is the best place to manage them.

EDUCATION: Jerry has a B.S. in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PERSONAL: Jerry is interested in using ecologically sensitive and socially acceptable solutions to solve natural resource problems, planning resource management at a landscape-scale, and providing unbiased, scientifically sound information to decision-makers. Jerry lives in Black Earth, Wisconsin and spends as much time as possible outside, bike touring, kayaking and backpacking in wild areas, traveling, and birding.

 

Fred ClarkFred Clark

EXPERIENCE:  Senior Forester for The Forest Stewards Guild – a national organization dedicated to sustainable forestry and forest science. He is also the owner of a Madison-based business specializing in locally sourced wood products.  Since moving to Wisconsin in 1989, Clark has worked as a forest ecologist for The Nature Conservancy, as a Forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and from 1995 – 2010 as a consulting forester and owner of a forestry contracting business based in Sauk County.  He was appointed by Governor Doyle and Governor Walker to the Wisconsin Council on Forestry from 2004 – 2014.  Fred served three terms as a Representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly from 2009 – 2014 representing Sauk and Columbia Counties. He has served on the Assembly Committees on Forestry and the Environment, and the Committee on Natural Resources.

EDUCATION:  Fred received a B.S. from Michigan State University in 1985, and an M.S. in Forest Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1992.

PERSONAL:  Fred lives in Madison with his wife Kerry.  His son Joe is in college at UW-Stevens Point and is a Senior in the Conservation Law Enforcement Program.  He enjoys hunting, sailing, and volunteering.

 

Terry DaultonTerry Daulton

Board President

EXPERIENCE:  Terry Daulton is a consulting biologist and environmental educator.  During her over 35 year career in natural resources she has worked for both agencies and non-profits including the National Park Service,  the WDNR Bureau of Integrated Science Services, US Geological Survey, North Lakeland Discovery Center, and Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.  She continues to work with UW – Madison Center for Limnology on projects which bring artists and scientists together to develop public information and exhibitions on topics such as climate change and limnology.

EDUCATION:  Terry received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northland College and a M.S. in Environmental Education from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

PERSONAL:  Terry has been involved in Wisconsin’s Green Fire from its inception.  She is an artist as well as scientist/educator and her paintings reflect her deep ties to the Wisconsin landscape.  She volunteers her time with her local lake association, LoonWatch Advisory Council, and the Mich Tech University College of Forestry Advisory Board.   Terry strives to live simply (in keeping with her world view) on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, near Mercer, WI with her husband Jeff Wilson.

 

Rob EcksteinRon Eckstein

Board Secretary

EXPERIENCE:  Ron retired from WDNR after 36 years as Wildlife Biologist at Rhinelander.  He has worked on forest habitat issues including biodiversity, early successional forests, and old growth forests and specialized in eagle and osprey recovery as well as wild rice conservation.

EDUCATION:  Ron earned his B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology at UW-Madison.

PERSONAL:  Ron continues to volunteer with WDNR on eagle/osprey and amphibian surveys.  He serves on the board of the Northwoods Land Trust, chairs the Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s Forest Issues Committee; works on forest habitat issues with Partners in Forestry and the Forest Steward’s Guild, and is a member of DNR’s Silviculture Guidance Team.

 

Thomas M. HaugeThomas M. Hauge

EXPERIENCE:  Tom retired from WDNR after serving 24 years as Wildlife Management Program Director.  During his 37 year career in wildlife conservation, Tom gained first-hand experience with the changing Wisconsin landscape from both a literal habitat perspective and in the context of social and political change.

EDUCATION:  Tom is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S.-1975, M.S.-1979).  His graduate research involved studying the population dynamics of a moose population in Northern Alberta, Canada.

PERSONAL:  Tom lives in Prairie du Sac, WI with his wife, Mary Jon and their 11-year old yellow Labrador Maggie.  Retirement priorities include an apprenticeship in household management, reconnecting with the local Sauk County conservation groups, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

 

Tom JerowTom Jerow

Board Treasurer

EXPERIENCE: Tom retired from the Wisconsin DNR in 2013 after 34 years mostly in the water program.  He was the Northern Regional Water Leader when he retired.

EDUCATION: Tom graduated in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in Soil Science.  His graduate level work was in hydrogeology.

PERSONAL:  In his retirement Tom is an avid volunteer at his local food pantry where he manages a large community garden. He has also been an active supporter of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. He lives in Rhinelander with his husband Steven.

 

Paul La LibertePaul La Liberte

EXPERIENCE:  Paul worked for WI DNR in a variety of positions related to water quality for 36 years, retiring in 2016.  During his work in the Water Resources Program and later as a supervisor in several programs, he acquired a reputation as an advocate of science based decision making.  Prior to that, he worked for a private engineering firm and for the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

EDUCATION:  Paul received a Master’s Degree from UW La Crosse – River Studies Center.

PERSONAL:  Paul served as an interim Board Member for Wisconsin’s Green Fire, setting up the administrative infrastructure for the organization.  Paul is a member if the Wisconsin River Alliance Policy Committee and volunteers at a homeless shelter and several soup kitchens in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls.  In addition to learning tennis and bike rides, Paul likes to share his love of Wisconsin’s outdoors with his children and grandchildren.

 

Nancy LarsonNancy Larson

EXPERIENCE:  Nancy retired from Wisconsin DNR after 27 years with the state of Wisconsin.  Her expertise in aquatic ecology and toxicology led her to positions including Deputy Director of the Bureau of Watershed Management, Northern Water Program Leader, and UW-Extension Natural Resource Educator.  Prior to that, she worked for the state of Minnesota and EPA contractors.  Nancy spent a good portion of her career working on protecting the greatest lake in the world – Lake Superior. She was recognized for her work with partnerships in 2003 with the DNR’s Rebecca Wallace award.

EDUCATION:  Nancy has a B.A. from St. Olaf College and M.S. from the University of Minnesota in biology.

PERSONAL:  Nancy believes that everyone deserves clean water and clean air and wonderful landscapes.  She hopes to help preserve Wisconsin’s legacy of good and transparent government through the efforts of Wisconsin’s Green Fire.  She lives with her husband John Spangberg (also retired DNR) and their equine/canine menagerie on a small hobby farm in Marengo near Ashland, Wisconsin where she indulges her love of writing.

 

Bob MartiniBob Martini

EXPERIENCE:  Bob served for 32 years with WDNR as statewide river protection coordinator leading efforts to clean up the Wisconsin River and prevent acid rain damage in northern Wisconsin.  He was also involved in groundwater quality and quantity work in the Central Sands, as well as dam removal and licensing for public benefit.  Bob has received recognition for his efforts including WDNR’s Career Achievement Award, the Brogan Award, and North American River Management Society Career Achievement Award.

EDUCATION:  Bob earned his B.S. in Zoology from U.W.-Milwaukee, and did his graduate work in microbiology. He is a former Licensed Sanitarian and Registered Microbiologist with the American Registry of Microbiologists.

PERSONAL:  Bob has served as a board officer for various organizations including Nicolet College, Oneida County Lakes and Rivers Association, Northwoods Land Trust, River Alliance of Wisconsin, and the Oneida County Board Land and Water Conservation Committee.

 

Michael Meyer Board Member Wisconsin's Green FireMichael W. Meyer

EXPERIENCE:  Mike’s research with the Wildlife Section of the Bureau of Science Services at the Wisconsin DNR focused on wildlife contaminants, inland lakeshore management, and climate change.  During Mike’s tenure, he directed a research program that supported 9 graduate students, resulted in 75 peer reviewed publications, and brought in over $3 million in external grant funding.

EDUCATION:  Mike received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from UW-Madison in 1989.

PERSONAL:  Since retiring from WDNR Mike has initiated a part-time consulting career conducting research and outreach on lakeshore restoration, citizen science projects, and climate change in the Northern Highlands lakes region.  His other part-time career is exploring the Pacific Northwest and back roads south of the Mason-Dixon line – best career change ever!

 

James PerryJames W. Perry

Board Vice President

EXPERIENCE:  Jim spent 18 years in administration at UW-Fox Valley, while still teaching an undergraduate botany course. He served as the public face of his campus, interacting with government officials, lobbying for higher education and serving as a fund raiser for his campus. He was Professor of Biological Sciences. Retiring in 2011, he is Campus Executive Officer and Dean Emeritus. Previously he was Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology, Wildlife and Fisheries at Frostburg State University in Maryland.

EDUCATION:  Jim earned his B.S. – Zoology and Secondary Education, M.S. – Botany and Zoology, Ph.D. Botany and Plant Pathology, all from UW-Madison.

PERSONAL:  Jim is a lifelong outdoorsperson, hunter, and conservationist. Reading A Sand County Almanac as an undergraduate shaped his outlook on the natural world, and he credits Aldo Leopold for serving as his ethical compass.  As a WGF board member, he hopes to foster greater public understanding of the value of science-based decision-making, and enlist sporting organizations to support the work of WGF.   He is current Secretary and past President of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, and serves on the board of Lake Superior’s Big Top Chautauqua.   Jim lives in rural Winnebago County with his spouse Joy (also a WGF member), and their German Shorthaired Pointer, Sharpshooter’s Doppler Effect, but spends as much time as possible at their Iron County cabin.