Dave has been on his County Board for 10 years and the Land Conservation Board for 8 years, serving as Chairman for six. Dave sees conservation having a “bright future” and thinks investing in youth education to be important factor in this. Outside of Committee life, Dave enjoys the uniqueness of every season at his home in Langlade County.
What previous experiences/education prepared you for your position on the Conservation Committee?
I was always involved in good stewardship of the land growing up in rural Langlade County. I guess I was brought up by respecting the water and land that we need to survive.
What made you decide to run for County Board?
I guess I thought I could make a difference on the different needs of the people.
Why do you think it is important to be active on the Conservation Committee?
We need supervisors to pass on the benefits of what good Conservation practices help in protecting the Natural Resources.
What does the future of Wisconsin conservation look like?
I believe WI conservation outlook is looking very bright. I see the younger generation taking a stand for better practices in the future.
How would you improve the state of conservation in Wisconsin?
I would try to improve more education to the schools, especially grade school children to the benefits of good conservation practices.
What is your county’s most valuable Natural Resource?
Our most valuable Natural Resource would have to be our forests, along with 225 trout streams and 842 natural lakes & 200 spring ponds. Our county forests produce over $1.8 million in revenue every year for the County, an estimated $24,000,000 in economy dollars.
What is one interesting fact about your county that few may know?
In September 1929, the County Board passed a resolution making Langlade County the 1st county in Wisconsin to establish a county forest of 2,100 acres.
What is your favorite outdoor activity in your county?
I really do not have a favorite, I enjoy them all; ice fishing in the winter, farming, maple syrup, and taking care of Christmas trees in the spring. Summer is a time for fishing and enjoying long walks in pristine areas with no vehicle travel. Fall brings on hunting from small game to whitetail hunting along with the trapping season. To say I have a favorite, I guess I love the outdoors and the environment that we live in.