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Parting Thoughts From a Natural Resources Advocate

Susan Bence

Unless you’ve “rubbed shoulders with it” – the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board may mean nothing to you.

Yet the roots of the seven-member panel created to serve as a bridge between natural resources policy and the good of the people – date back to 1867.

For the last seven years David Clausen served on the board - the last year and a half, as its chair. But this week marked the end of Clausen’s term.

Before leaving office, he sat down with WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence recently to reflect on his tenure and the environment for... the environment.

Clausen also explained how he – a veterinarian, avid hunter and conservationist from the far northwestern reaches of the state - came onto the board.

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Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.