Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has the responsibility of reviewing all nominations for the Hall of Fame. They meet once a year, typically in August, to go over every completed nomination and to pick the five most outstanding to submit to the WCHF Board of Directors for selection of the following year’s inductee(s) into the Hall of Fame.

Tim Eisele

Tim is a full-time freelance outdoor writer/photographer in Madison. He is a life-long Wisconsin resident, and has written articles about Wisconsinites who have been involved in natural resources since 1969. In 1999 he was asked by Wisconsin Outdoor Journal to select the 20 most influential people over hunting and fishing in Wisconsin during the 1900s. Tim also manages 100 acres of land in Crawford County where he and his wife have installed a prairie and are trying to improve biodiversity and habitat for wildlife. He has served on the WCHOF Board of Governors since 2000.

George Meyer

George has been Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation for thirteen years. Served as a Visiting Professor in Environmental and Government Studies at Lawrence University for two years; Worked at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for thirty-two years: ten years as an attorney, twelve years as Administrator of the Enforcement Division, eight years as Secretary and two years as a Special Assistant to the Secretary. Served in leadership roles in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Environmental Council of the States.

Alan Haney

Alan is Emeritus Professor of Forestry College of Natural Resources University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He came to Stevens Point in 1988 as dean of the College of Natural Resources, a position he held for 10 years. He returned to full-time teaching and research in 1998, then retired in 2007. He now devotes his energy to writing, consulting, forest management, and occasional lectures. His areas of expertise include ecosystem restoration, adaptive management, savanna restoration, land conservation, and forest community responses to disturbance. His published work includes 12 books, and over four dozen technical papers. Alan has been a board member or science advisor for ten conservation and environmental organizations in Wisconsin, including the Conservation Hall of Fame, Sand County Foundation and the Ice Age Trail Alliance. He was honored in 1997 by the School of Natural Resources, UW-Madison, with the Wisconsin Idea Award, and in 2000 by the Society for Conservation Biology with the White Lady-slipper Award for his contributions to conservation of biological diversity.

Bill Berry

Bill is a self-employed writer, editor and communications specialist. His major areas of emphasis are conservation, agriculture and forestry.  He is a columnist for The Capital Times newspaper, Madison, Wisconsin. He is also a communications specialist and author for Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters project on the “Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin” and communications director for CAP Services, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Past journalist work includes editor, news editor and columnist Stevens Point (Wisconsin) Journal; reporter and columnist, Wausau (Wisconsin) Daily Herald;  state editor, Janesville (Wisconsin) Gazette;  reporter, Wausau (Wisconsin) Daily Herald. He is an adjunct faculty member, Division of Communications, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and author of “Come Together: Wisconsin’s DDT Battles and the Modern Environmental Movement,”  Wisconsin Historical Society, 2013 and numerous reports on local and national conservation, soil, water and agricultural policy papers for the  National Association of Conservation Districts. In 2014,  the Wisconsin Historical Society Press published his book Banning DDT – How citizen activists in Wisconsin led the way.

Jane Wiley

Jane has been most recently a member of the WDNR Natural Resources Board. She was appointed by Governor Jim Doyle and served from January of 2007 until April of 2015. She has always been involved in outdoor activities and organizations including appointments to the Wisconsin Rustic Roads Board, the Governor’s Bicentennial Bicycle Committee and the WDNR Stewardship Advisory Committee.  She was elected to the Madison City Council during the tumultuous Vietnam era and after moving to Wausau, Wisconsin, the Marathon County Board of Supervisors. Jane has an MS in Zoology from Tufts University and an MA in Guidance and Counseling from UW-Madison.