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Prehn Elected Chair of State Natural Resources Board
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/07/2019

A Monroe County cranberry producer has been chosen to serve as the new chairman of the seven-member Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. Dr. Frederick Prehn will lead the group during the next year, which sets policy for the Department of Natural Resources.

Prehn, who is also a practicing dentist from the Wausau area, was appointed to the DNR board in May 2015. He replaces Terry Hilgenberg, a Realtor from Shawano, who will continue to serve on the panel member through 2023.

Frederick 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 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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