Christopher Gaetzke – Executive Director
Has a degree in Reclamation, Environment, and Conservation from UW Platteville (2009) with minors in Environmental Science and Geography. Worked as a Reclamation Scientist for Buchanan Consultants, Ltd. (2009-2010) in Farmington, NM studying mining operations and reclamation measures. Worked as a Conservation Planner/Technician (2010-2012) for Pepin County Land Conservation Department. He performed farm evaluations, inventoried, design and built agriculture best management practices and reviewed nutrient management plans. Worked as a Conservation Planner (2012-2019) for Dunn County Land and Water Conservation Division where he developed solutions for reducing non-point pollution on farms along with developing land management plans for landowners. Chris supervised natural resource and high school interns and directed the Dunn Environmental Education Steering Committee that organized many annual, youth environmental education activities.
Has worked with LCIP (lcinvasives.org) since 2012 when he was brought in by existing partners during the beginning of the group. Then in 2013, he became a Co-Chair along with the founder of LCIP, Kathy Stahl. After that, he became the Chair (2015-2018) to fully engage in the progression of meeting the mission and goals of the organization when it became an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2016 LCIP won a Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, Invasive Crusader award for the dedication of the organization to educate, outreach and control invasive plants in West Central Wisconsin. In 2019 he became the Executive Director of LCIP in order to meet the organization’s challenging goals and to bring the community together to understand, engage and outreach to others over current invasive species topics. In 2019 Chris won the Chippewa Valley Sierra Club – Gaylord Nelson Earth Green Award for his work with invasive species in the Chippewa Valley.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Katherine Stahl – Founding Director and Treasurer
Chase Cummings – Founding Director & Pepin County Land Conservation & Planning Department, County Conservationist
Christopher Gaetzke – Founding Director & Executive Director
Douglas Owens-Pike – Chair, Retired Native Landscape Ecologist (Energy Scapes)
Mary (Mame) Gale – Vice Chair, Community Organization Activist & Philanthropist
Judy Zimmerman – Secretary, Menomonie Community Garden Vice President
AJ Leiden – Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center, AIS Coordinator
Jim Anderson – Dunn County Board of Supervisors & Retired Educator
David Whiteley – Retired Physics Educator & Active Citizen
Richard Damro – Retired Educator
Lee Shambeau – 4-Control, Inc., Owner
Keith Gilland – UW Stout, Biology-Restoration Ecology Professor
Brad Luedtke – 3M, Plant Environmental Engineer, CSP
David Cotts – 3M, Site Hazardous Waste Coordinator/EHS
Lauren Larsen – UW Madison/Extension Forest Health
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