Committees: Executive Committee; Chair, Finance Committee; Land Projects Committee
Resides in: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Why I joined the BRC: I grew up in Winona, Minnesota on the Mississippi River. There were two valleys we would go to for trout fishing and camping. One of the valleys had a couple of caves high on the bluff we would sit in and look over the valley. I went back there recently to see if I could still find it so I could introduce my grandsons to it. I was greeted by a sign saying something like "Private property. Keep out." I went to the other valley and found a similar sign. It was sad to see these areas taken away that were once our playground. I became aware of BRC during the campaign to preserve Corny Beach. My partner and I were in the early stages of developing Jackson Meadow, then I met the Executive Director and visited about BRC's mission and found that my professional and persons interests were aligned with theirs. It was a no-brainer to apply for board membership when a position became available and I have more time to devote to the BRC mission.
Professional Background: I am a registered (retired) civil engineer in Minnesota. I've been involved in all phases of the commercial and residential construction and development industry for more than forty years. I am a partner in Jackson Meadow Company, which developed a 64 lot sustainable housing community in Minnesota. Jackson Meadow won a 1999 Minnesota AIA Honor Award, a national AIA award for Regional and Urban Design in 2005 and was the 2002 winner for Land Use presented by The MN Environmental Institute. I've worked as a carpenter, engineer, construction superintendent, estimator, construction company owner, real estate developer and currently provide construction management, owner advocacy services and cost segregation studies around the country. I am a consultant at EnviroMed Design Group. www.enviromedgroup.com
Favorite Conservation Quote: "Do all you are able to protect it when you can or chance losing it forever" ~ Bob Durfey
Hobbies: Anything water related, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, mushrooming
Animal I most identify with: Tiger
Committees: Executive Committee; Chair, Development; Finance; Board Governance, Development & Training
Resides in: Drummond, Wisconsin
Why I joined the BRC: To help protect precious places in perpetuity. Other protections such as through zoning aren’t permanent. We have so many fragile and important ecosystems and they need to be kept intact.
Professional Background: I have Master’s degrees in engineering and business and have management experience in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and quality assurance. I also consulted in operations improvement area. I retired in 1998 so I could spend time on environmental and conservation work. Always interested in environmental and conservation issues, I've held several positions on non profit boards over the past 10 or so years, including the Wisconsin Association of Lakes (director 6 years, secretary 2 years), Bayfield County Lakes Forum (president for 4 years), Cable/Namakagon Historical Museum (currently president), and chair (5 years) and member of the planning committee for the Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference since 1999.
Favorite Conservation Quote: “All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively the land.” The Land Ethic (1949), ASCA 204
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, scuba diving, snowshoeing, canoeing.
Animal I most identify with: Otter
Conservation Easement: 15 acres in Drummond, WI - protected in 2014
Committees: Executive Committee; Chair, Board Governance, Development & Training; Human Resources
Resides in: Minneapolis, Minnesota and Washburn, Wisconsin
Why I joined the BRC: I believe in the mission and wanted to help with the heavy lifting.
Professional Background: Board Chair of 4 billion dollar healthcare organization, member governed; Board Chair of Urban Coalition, advocacy organization in Twin Cities, former vice president, Target Corporation
Favorite Conservation Quote: It’s not a unique quote of my own, but true conservation service is planting a tree that you won’t see the shade from but your children and theirs will.
Hobbies: Mountain hiking, alpine skiing, biking, and urban park conservation in Minneapolis.
Animal I most identify with: Wolf
Conservation Easement: 54 acres in Washburn, WI - protected in 2008.
Committees: Chair, Executive Committee; Development; Finance; Board Governance, Development & Training
Resides in: 11 miles SW of Ashland, Wisconsin
Why I joined the BRC: I joined BRC because I value wild and scenic places.
Professional Background: I am a Certified Financial Planner and together with my two other partners: brother, John, and Eric Neumann, own and operate a financial planning business that celebrated its 25th birthday this year.
Favorite Conservation Quote: “Yet there are those with hand and brain tear down that which time will never give again!” ~ Source unknown
Hobbies: Playing about in boats of all sizes and shapes, hiking, hunting, fishing and camping.
Animal I most identify with: Bear
Committees: Land Projects Committee; Chair, Subcommittee Stewardship Monitoring
Resides in: Bayfield, Wisconsin
Why I joined BRC: Preservation of lands for future generations is a service to the Earth and all of its inhabitants, humankind included. This objective is at the heart of BRC reason for being.
Professional Background: I am a registered environmental engineer/hydrologist in Wisconsin, with Master’s degrees in engineering and environmental monitoring. My training and professional expertise are aligned with water quality concerns, including wetland habitat, streams, and lakes. As an employee of the WiDNR, I deal with erosion control aspects on construction sites and the associated protection of wetlands and waterways, and urban stormwater runoff issues.
Favorite conservation quote: More of a mantra than a quote: “Think globally, act locally.”
Hobbies: Nordic skiing, kayaking, mushroom hunting, and hiking.
Animal I most identify with: Nuthatch
Committees: Land Projects Committee
Resides in: Washburn, Wisconsin
Why I joined the BRC: I especially enjoy working one-on-one with property owners because I found that, when mutual learning occurs between land owners and environmental experts, land stewardship improves.
Professional Background: I am trained in land and water resources management (M.S. and Ph.D.), and I have managed outreach education about natural resources for thirty years through the University of Wisconsin Sa Grant Institute, state and federal environmental health and remediation programs and at Northland College as Executive Director of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute and as Director of Sustainability.
Favorite Conservation Quote: “Only when one comes to listen, only when on is aware and still, can things be seen and heard. Everyone has a listening-point somewhere.” -- Sigurd F. Olson
Hobbies: Hiking and skinny-dipping.
Animal I most identify with: Frog -- being near the water on a moonlit night stimulates my juices, especially when I’m amidst a chorus of croaking soul mates.
Committees: Chair, Marketing & Media Relations; Human Resources
Resides in: Minneapolis, Minnesota (also have property in Bayfield, WI, and Buena Vista, CO)
Why I joined the BRC: To help preserve the land I love, and to be more engaged in the community.
Professional Background: Architect by profession (healthcare facilities) for the past 30 years, prior to that a landscape gardener.
Favorite Conservation Quote: "Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." - Edward Abbey
Hobbies: Too many to count. I have a general love of wild places with limited human intervention – in the north woods, mountains and desert. Frequent activities include trail running, cross country skiing, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and mountain climbing.
Animal I most identify with: Crow
Committees: Chair, Land Projects Committee
Resides in: Washburn, Wisconsin
Why I joined the BRC? It saddens me to see land divided into smaller parcels. One of the greatest services we can render to future generations is to pass along to them as much “wild” and semi-wild land as we can in the face of the unsustainable population growth we are currently experiencing. We are probably causing the sixth major extinction event in the Earth’s history and those of us living today will determine how much life makes it through this bottleneck.
Professional Background: I graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry from Clemson University in 1974 and 1976. I worked for the U.S Forest Service for about 33 years, primarily in timber management, but also picked up some office skills like GIS that I am able to use to help support BRC’s mission.
Favorite Conservation Quote: “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” - Edward Abbey
Hobbies: I enjoy gardening, camping, backpacking, hiking and running. I also enjoy just a quiet day on our little farm.
Animal I most identify with: The elephant.
Committees: Development, Outreach
Resides in: Town of Bayfield
Why I joined the BRC? Joined BRC because I love the natural unspoiled land/woods, it's plants and animals, and want to be a part of conserving this land.
Professional Background: Public health nurse in Minneapolis, MN
Favorite Conservation Quote: "Come to the woods, for here is rest." John Muir
Hobbies: Hiking, biking, XC skiing, snowshoeing, gardening
Animal I most identify with: Wolf
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