Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources
|Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$561,677,000|
|Authority:||Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 15.34|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||January 2011|
|Other Wisconsin Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
The current officeholder is Cathy Stepp.
Stepp was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 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. Stepp chose not to run for re-election in 2006.
The creation of the Department Natural Resources is designated in Wisconsin Statutes.
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.
Qualifications of members of natural resources board are detailed within the Wisconsin State Statutes, Chapter 15.34:
- 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.
- At least 3 members of the natural resources board shall be individuals who held an annual hunting, fishing, or trapping license, in this state or another state, in at least 7 of the 10 years previous to the year in which the individual is nominated, except as provided in subd. 2. The governor may request statewide organizations that are primarily interested in supporting hunting, fishing, or trapping 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.
- If an individual served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or national guard during the 10 years previous to the year in which the individual is nominated, the number of years in which the individual is required to have held an annual hunting, fishing, or trapping license equals 7 minus the number of years of active duty served during those 10 years.
- No person may be appointed to the natural resources board, or remain a member of the board, who receives, or has during the previous 2 years received, a significant portion of his or her income directly or indirectly from holders of or applicants for permits issued by the department under ch. 283, except that this paragraph does not apply to permits issued under s. 283.33.
- The majority of members of the natural resources board may not derive a significant portion of their incomes from persons who are subject to permits or enforcement orders under ch. 285. Each board member shall inform the governor of any significant change in the income that he or she derives from persons who are subject to permits or enforcement orders under ch. 285.
The Natural Resources Board members are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Wisconsin Senate. Three members each must be selected from the northern and southern portions of the state and one member serves at large. Terms expire on May 1. The guidelines are set forth in Chapter 15 of the Wisconsin State Statutes.
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The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is divided into six main divisions:
- See also: Wisconsin state budget and finances
The budget for the Department of Natural Resources in Fiscal Year 2013 was $561,677,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2013, the secretary's salary remained at $125,000.
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Wisconsin's population in 2013 was 5,742,713 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 1 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 105 in 2010, exceeding the national average of 87.4. Wisconsin experienced a 1.5 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, falling below a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.
Wisconsin fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8 percent of Wisconsin residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wisconsin was $52,413 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 13.5 percent poverty rate in Wisconsin during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.
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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
- Wisconsin Secretary of Natural Resources
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Facebook Page
- Cathy Stepp
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- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.