By Cynthia Germain
The Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association has honored two local educators with the Next Generation Award. This award recognizes those educating the next generation about the value of Wisconsin’s private woodlands. Aerica Bjurstrom, Agricultural Agent for the University of Wisconsin Extension Office in Kewaunee, along with Chuck Wagner, Kewaunee County Board Supervisor, were announced as the recipients of this year’s award at the Wisconsin Woodland Owners annual conference. Their efforts were noted specifically for the Youth Conservation Day in Kewaunee County held in May. Bjurstrom is pleased to be a part of this effort, providing all 6th graders of the county an opportunity to visit various sites and learn about important topics related to managing forestland.
Wagner is a long time member of the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and has made a presentation about woodlands each year for the last 20 years. This unique educational experience has reached over 250 area kids annually. Wagner received the award on Bjurstrom behalf at the annual conference, and Bjurstrom was presented with the plaque last week at the Kewaunee county board meeting.