Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources

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The Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources is a state executive position in the Wisconsin state government. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is charged with sustaining and enhancing Wisconsin's natural resources and environment. A cornerstone of their mission is providing for outdoor recreation in Wisconsin.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Cathy Stepp.

Stepp was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.[2] Stepp and her husband own a construction business. In 2002, Stepp successfully challenged Democratic State Senator Kim Plache for Plache's State Senate seat. From 2003 until 2007, Stepp served in the Wisconsin State Senate, representing the 21st District.[2] Stepp chose not to run for re-election in 2006.[2]


The creation of the Department Natural Resources is designated in Wisconsin Statutes.

Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 15.34, Department of natural resources; creation

There is created a department of natural resources under the direction and supervision of the natural resources board. The natural resources board shall consist of 7 members appointed for staggered 6-year terms. At least 3 members of the natural resources board shall be from the territory north, and at least 3 members of the board shall be from the territory south, of a line running east and west through the south limits of the city of Stevens Point. At least one member of the natural resources board shall have an agricultural background. The governor may request statewide agricultural organizations to submit recommendations for nominees under this paragraph. The requirements of this paragraph apply to individuals who are members of the natural resources board on May 1, 2017, and thereafter.


In 2010, the Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources was paid an estimated $130,623 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Contact info

101 S. Webster Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Phone: (608) 266-2621
Fax: (608) 261-4380
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

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