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Engaging private woodland owners to encourage sustainable forest management.’

Extension Forestry Educators lead classes and build programs to engage landowners in the sustainable management of Wisconsin’s privately owned forests. Efforts to reach out to landowners include Learn About Your Land; WI Women Owning Woodlands; Farm Forest Initiative; Your Land, Your Legacy; and new landowner engagement. Sign up for our eNewsletter to stay up to date on our offerings.

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Bill Klase

Natural Resources Educator

Bill Klase is a Natural Resource Educator providing educational programs and materials to woodland owners throughout the state.

Prior to joining Extension Bill sepnt time in the US Army and in the Peace Corps in Nepal. As a graduate student he taught undergrads how to use forestry tools and navigate the woods.

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Olivia Kovacs

Natural Resources Educator

Olivia Kovacs is the Natural Resources Educator in Forestry located in Portage, WI. Olivia designs and delivers outreach and education to women forest landowners and supports the implementation of the DNR Division of Forestry’s Private Forestry Education and Outreach Strategy.

Olivia began her role at Extension in early 2023. Before joining Extension, she worked for the US Department of Agriculture helping implement farm bill programs in southern Wisconsin. Prior to this, she worked in environmental education at schools in South and North America. She loves fostering connections to natural spaces and hearing about your latest stroll in the woods.

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Tony Johnson

Natural Resources Educator

Tony is a Forestry Outreach Specialist and Maple Syrup Project Manager in the Division of Extension’s Natural Resources Education Program. He is focused on building partnerships and facilitating programs to support private woodland owners across Wisconsin.

Before starting with Extension Tony worked for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) implementing Farm Bill conservation programs in WI. He has previously served as a Natural Resource Specialist for the US Army Corps of Engineers in Oregon and a Research Technician for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Madison, WI. Prior to his tenure with the federal government, Tony worked as an ecological restoration technician throughout WI and IL.

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Kris Tiles

Natural Resources Education Program Manager

Kris Tiles is the Program Manager of the Regional Natural Resources program. She has been working as a Natural Resources educator with Extension since 2004. Kris’ work covers the areas of forestry outreach to woodland owners and water quality improvement through soil health. She has been part of the team leading a program of broader outreach called Learn About Your Land, for new and beginning woodland owners. She has also worked with communities to facilitate dialogue around sense of place and the environment.

Prior to joining Extension in 2004 Kris worked for Cooperative Development Services working with private forest owners. She also worked for Oregon State University as a researcher looking at spotted owl habitat and in the Peace Corps as an agroforestry volunteer in Haiti.

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