Madison – The seven-member State Natural Resources Board
reelected its officers at its January 28 meeting in Madison.
Dr. Christine L. Thomas was reelected chair. Thomas is the Dean
and a professor of resource management at the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources. She was
appointed to the Board by Gov. Jim Doyle in March, 2004. Her term
expires May 1, 2009.
Madison conservationist Jonathan P. Ela was reelected
vice-chair. Ela is retired from the Sierra Club. He was first
appointed to the Board by Doyle on Jan. 22, 2003, and was
reappointed by Doyle on Jan. 8, 2007. His term expires May 1,
Attorney John W. Welter, Eau Claire, was reappointed secretary.
He was first appointed to the Board by Doyle on May 5, 2004, and
was reappointed by Doyle on May 1, 2005. His term expires May 1,
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board sets policy for the
Department of Natural Resources and exercises authority and
responsibility in accordance with governing statutory provisions.
Chapter 15 of the Wisconsin Statutes delineates the formal duties
of the seven-member board. Board members are appointed by the
governor with the advice and consent of the state senate. Three
members each must be selected from the northern and southern
portions of the state and one member serves at large. Terms expire
on May 1.
The board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month except for
July and November. Board meetings are held at the DNR Building in
Madison from October through March and at locations throughout the
state from April through September. Board meeting dates and
locations are listed in the Natural Resources Board Calendar.
Tentative out-state meetings for the Board in 2009 are: April,
Pewaukee; May, Merrimac/Lake Delton; June, Menomonie/River Falls;
August, Hayward; and September, Egg Harbor.