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Prehn Re-Elected Chair of State Natural Resources Board
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/27/2020

A Monroe County cranberry producer has been re-elected as the chairman of the seven-member Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. Dr. Frederick Prehn has led the group since last year, which sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources.

"I am honored to have the support of the board for second term as chairman. I look forward to 2020 and dealing with the issues of the natural resources of the state of Wisconsin," Dr. Prehn said. "The transparency of our meetings will continue. The doors are wide open for public testimony from throughout the state at remote sites or in person every meeting we have."

Prehn, who is also a practicing dentist from the Wausau area, was first appointed to the DNR board in May 2015. He is a member of Cranberry Growers Cooperative which represents 35 growers selling cranberry products in 23 countries. He introduced wind and solar energy on a large scale to the cranberry industry and runs two large wind generators and solar array on his farm. He also served on the Wisconsin Cranberry Board that funds research, education, and promotion of Wisconsin cranberries. An avid outdoorsman, Prehn is an active member of many conservation groups such as Whitetails Unlimited, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and Ducks Unlimited.

Meanwhile, Gregory Kazmierski, president and owner of Buck Rub Outfitters Ltd. in Pewaukee was re-elected vice-chair. And Julie Anderson, director of Racine County Public Works and Development Services, was re-elected board secretary.

DNR board members are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate. Three members must be selected from the northern and southern portions of Wisconsin and one additional member serves at large.

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