In January of 2017, Martin (Marty) Henert was voted on as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Marty has been with NRF since it formed in 1986 and played a fundamental role in getting the Foundation connected to funding in its first years. He even took over as Executive Director of the Foundation when Ron Semmann, the first Executive Director, was called upon to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
Marty holds degrees from Beloit College and University of Chicago and is now retired after a 34-year career with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Marty lives in DeForest, Wisconsin with his wife Ellen.
A statement from the Chairman of the Board:
“I’m extremely grateful to have this opportunity to chair the Board of Directors and guide the Natural Resources Foundation over the next few years. The Foundation has experienced tremendous growth under the leadership of my predecessor, Diane Lueck, and the Board and I thank Diane for her leadership.
“The Natural Resources Foundation exists to give citizens of Wisconsin the opportunity to preserve and protect the landscape and resources that make our state unique and cherished by us all. We strive to pass along to future generations the legacy given to us by conservation leaders such as Muir, Leopold and Nelson. When you think of the resources and places that characterize our state, you recognize the natural landscape that was passed on to us by previous generations and how we must act to make sure our grandchildren and their children can experience and enjoy those same treasured resources. That’s the mission of the Natural Resources Foundation, and why we must strive even harder in today’s environment to make sure we pass along that legacy to future generations.”