State Natural Resources Board Appoints Sporting Heritage Council
For the City-Times
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has appointed five members to the new Sporting Heritage Council, the first of its kind to advise Gov. Scott Walker, the Natural Resources Board and state legislature on fishing, hunting and trapping issues.
- Deer, Ralph Fritsch – Fritsch is Past President and a long-standing member of Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF). He serves as chair of WWF’s Wildlife Committee, comprised of members of statewide and local hunting and trapping organizations. Fritsch is an avid deer hunter, has represented deer hunters on numerous DNR committees and has served with the Wisconsin Conservation Congress representing three counties. Fritsch is an advocate for public access and youth involvement in outdoor recreation.
- Game Birds, Mark LaBarbera –LaBarbera is an avid upland bird and waterfowl hunter with extensive experience in the private and public sectors, having worked with the outdoor industry, outdoor media, tourism, national and international conservation organizations and fish and wildlife agencies. LaBarbera has experience in collaborative conservation efforts and best practices in hunter recruitment and outdoor education.
- Angling, Benjamin Gruber – A lifelong outdoorsman and active volunteer, Gruber brings a diversity of experience to the table. He has leadership experience in agricultural organizations and fire rescue. As a volunteer with Kids and Mentors Outdoors and with “Healing with Horses,” a therapeutic horseback riding program for special needs children, Gruber has interest in mentoring and recruiting youth in outdoor activities.
- Bear, Andy Pantzlaff – As a board member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, United Sportsmen of Wisconsin, and other conservation groups, Pantzlaff has worked to further advance bear hunting as an outdoor activity and as an important management tool in the state. He is interested in strengthening the state’s outdoor heritage through youth involvement and recruiting women into hunting.
- Furbearer, Scott Zimmerman – Serving as Vice President of Wisconsin Trappers Association, and active involvement in Fur Takers of America and National Trappers Association, Zimmerman has valuable experience and insight on furbearer related issues.