Anderson, Prehn named to Wisconsin Natural Resources Board
Madison — Newly appointed Natural Resources Board (NRB) members, Julie Anderson, of Oak Creek, and Dr. Frederick Prehn, of Wausau, participated in their first NRB meeting May 27.
Both were appointed by Gov. Scott Walker to serve six-year terms, expiring May 1, 2021.
Anderson was raised in Hales Corners and has worked for Racine County government since 1991.
She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire in 1990 and master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in 1996, both in geography.
Anderson began working in county government while in graduate school. She was appointed director of the Racine County combined public works and planning departments and she now has responsibility for planning and zoning, highways, land conservation, parks, and engineering.
She serves as the land use co-chair of the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission 2050 Plan, giving her a unique perspective on the DNR.
“I have gained a lot of respect for the DNR,” she told the board.
Anderson, who is married and has two daughters, has a fishing license but does not yet hunt.
Prehn is a third-generation dentist from Wausau.
He attended UW-Marathon and UW-Madison, majoring in botany and bacteriology, and then received his dental degree from Marquette University.
He has owned a cranberry marsh near Tomah for 25 years. He also has a federal firearms license and is the owner and operator of Central Wisconsin Firearms, a retail business in downtown Wausau.
He is chair of Wisconsin’s Best Cranberries Cooperative, which represents 25 cranberry growers selling products in 15 different countries.
Prehn, a member of Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited and Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, has introduced wind and solar energy to several cranberry operations.
He has served as president of the Wausau School District Board of Education and on hospital and dental committees.
“I’ve hunted and fished for about 45 years, so natural resources is in my blood,” he told the board.
“I really believe you have to protect it (natural resources). It is ours to use but also to protect,” he said.
Prehn was an Eagle Scout and as a scout leader introduced many scouts to the outdoors.
Prehn said that he brings the perspective of business, farming, hunting and fishing to the board.
Anderson and Prehn will need confirmation by the State Senate to continue serving on the board.