Boosting the Effectiveness of Local Networks to Protect in Partnership Our Legacy of Lakes
Memorial Student Center, Cedar/Maplewood, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Local organizations play important roles in Wisconsin’s strategy for lake protection and restoration. They bring together dozens, even hundreds of individual lakeshore property owners and other lake users and stakeholders to collaborate on diverse lake management challenges. Networking across different community organizations is an effective method to accomplish together what no one group could do on its own. UW Extension Lakes and Wisconsin Lakes are sharing research completed in Wisconsin and Minnesota to highlight several important dimensions of collaborating and developing relational capacity. This session will review the “mental model” that informs efforts to increase local capacity for lake health and share examples of best practices that have come from Wisconsin lake leaders, including people in the Red Cedar Basin.
Michael Engleson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Lakes
Biography: Prior to accepting the Executive Director role in 2013, Mike came to Wisconsin Lakes as Membership & Communications Director in 2009. A graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton and UW-Madison Law School, Mike gained a great deal of experience with non-profit organizations while in school. He served as intern with 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin, during which time he helped rural towns write ordinances implementing their land use plans. After a short stint as a general practice attorney, he spent six years working for the River Alliance of Wisconsin before coming to Wisconsin Lakes. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Prairie Music & Arts, the Tenant Resource Center of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Community Fund, and is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton.
A paddler, hiker, and occasional trombonist, Mike is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin (except for four great years in Kentucky). Some of his fondest memories are of camping and canoeing the lakes of the northwoods, a pastime he now enjoys sharing with his family.
Eric Olson, Director and Lake Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension Lakes
Eric is the Director of UW Extension Lakes, a statewide outreach program based in the College of Natural Resources at UW Stevens Point. Since the early 1970s, UW Extension Lakes has supported lake associations and districts through a free quarterly newsletter, an annual Lakes Partnership Convention, a guide to forming and operating lake organizations, and one on one consultations with lake stakeholders.