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Members Appointed to Serve on State Forestry Council
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 12/06/2011

Governor Scott Walker has selected a new group of members to serve on the Wisconsin Council on Forestry this week.

Henry Schienebeck was selected to chair the panel. He has been in the forest product industry for 33 years and brings experience and understanding of the importance of forestry to the council.

Paul DeLong, Madison, was re-appointed as Chief State Forester. He has worked in DNR Forestry for 19 years and in 2010 he received the Conservation Leadership Award from The Nature Conservancy.

Matthew Dallman, Tomahawk, was re-appointed as Non-Profit Conservation Organization Representative. Dallman has over 15 years of conservation experience and serves as a board member of the Great Lakes Forest Alliance.

Richard Wedepohl, Madison, was appointed as Non-Industrial, Private Forest Land Representative. He is a professional engineer and a member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association.

Troy Brown, Wausau, was re-appointed as Lumber Industry Representative. Brown has worked in the lumber industry at Kretz Lumber Co. for over 20 years, beginning as a machine operator and working his way up to president.

Jane Severt, Merrill, was re-appointed as the County Forests Representative. Ms. Severt has over 15 years of experience with county forestry and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.

Virgil Waugh, Milton, was appointed as Secondary Wood Industry Representative. He is a member of the Madison Area Builders Association, Wisconsin Builders Association, and National Association of Home Builders.

Kimberly Quast, Fond du Lac, was re-appointed as Forestry Consulting Representative. Quast received her BS in Forest management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and received the 2010 Michael W. King Field Forester of the Year award.

Mark Rickenbach, Madison, was appointed as Forestry School Representative. He is an Associate Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife and has authored over 80 research and extension publications.

Randy Champeau, Rosholt, was appointed as Conservation Education Representative. Champeau comes to the council with a Ph.D. in Environmental/Conservation Education from Michigan State University and is currently an Associate Dean at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's College of Natural Resources.

James Kerkman, Bangor, appointed as Society of American Foresters Representative. Kerkman received his BS in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has served in the US Army since 1985 as a forester.

James Hoppe, Rhinelander, was re-appointed as Paper and Pulp Industry Representative. He comes to the Council with over 20 years of forestry experience.

Paul Strong, Rhinelander, was appointed as Federal Department of Agriculture Representative.

Governor Walker also appointed Rep. Jeff Mursau as the Assembly Representative.

The Council on Forestry was created in 2003 to bring together people with knowledge of the forestry industry to advise state leaders on various issues related to the industry.

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