Scott Walter, executive director of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, will be the first presenter in UW-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources Spring Seminar Series on Feb. 16. Photo courtesy UWSP.

STEVENS POINT – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s College of Natural Resources will address “History, Successes and Challenges in Natural Resources Decision-Making” with a series of seven presentations beginning Feb. 16.

The 2022 Spring Seminar Series is sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife and the CNR at UW-Stevens Point. It will be held throughout the semester, with each presentation held from 4-5 p.m. on select Wednesdays 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.

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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, chairman, Natural Resources Board
  • April 27 – Title TBA, Jon Greendeer, former president, Ho-Chunk Nation

Source: UW-Stevens Point