UW-Stevens Point to host natural resources speaker series

Metro Wire Staff

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources (CNR) is holding a speaker series beginning Feb. 16.

The spring seminar is called “History, Successes, and Challenges in Natural Resources Decision-Making” and involves several speakers through April.

The series is sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife and the CNR at UW-Stevens Point. Each presentation is held from 4-5 p.m. in Room 170 of the Trainer Natural Resources Building.

Each will also be live-streamed on the CNR’s YouTube channel.

This seminar series highlights the roles of the legislature, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Tribal government, non-governmental organizations, and citizens in making decisions affecting our natural resources in Wisconsin.

The series includes:

  • Feb. 16 – “How Do We Get Back to Center? Depolarizing Discourse on Key Wildlife Issues,” Scott Walter, executive director of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.
  • March 2 – “Water Quality Policy in Wisconsin: How the Legislature Can Lead,” State Representative Katrina Shankland, WI 71st Assembly District
  • March 16 – “The Wisconsin Conservation Congress: Facilitating Public Participation,” Tony Blattler, Wisconsin Conservation Congress chairman
  • March 30 – “Citizen Involvement in Wisconsin Natural Resources Decision-Making,” Christine Thomas, dean emerita and professor emerita
  • April 6 – “DNR’s Mission and What (Who) it Takes to Complete it,” Dan Baumann, secretary’s director, West Central unit, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • April 20 – Title TBA, Greg Kazmierski, chair, Natural Resources Board
  • April 27 – Title TBA, Jon Greendeer, former president, Ho-Chunk Nation