New staff members

Recently the Urban Forestry Program has filled three positions: West Central Urban Forestry Coordinator, Urban Forestry Grant Specialist, Urban Forest Assessment Specialist. The team is looking forward to the value and expertise these individuals will bring.

Brad Johnson, West Central Urban Forestry Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that Brad Johnson has accepted the West Central Urban Forestry Coordinator position. Brad will continue to work out of Spooner. Brad will be transitioning into his new role this spring and will be setting his starting date shortly. Brad graduated in 1980 with a B.S. in forest management from the University of Minnesota, College of Forestry. His forestry career started with two college summers spent with the City of Minneapolis working on the Dutch Elm Disease crisis. Brad also worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 3 years performing timber marking, fire suppression and recreation management in Washington state and Colorado. He continued his career working 8 years for the Florida Forest Service implementing fire suppression, private forestry, state lands management and urban forestry. His past 24 years have been as a forestry team leader for the WDNR Division of Forestry in the Cumberland/Brule areas. Brad is an avid skier, hiker and birdwatcher and is looking forward to returning to his passion working with urban and community forestry in the wonderful forests of Wisconsin.

Bobbi Winebar, Urban Forestry Grant Specialist

Please welcome Bobbi Winebar to the Division of Forestry. Bobbi joined the Urban Forestry team as an LTE Grant Specialist March 20th. Bobbi has been with the DNR since 1999, and we’re excited to have her expertise as she works to update our Catastrophic Storm program. Bobbi works out of the Green Bay office.

Introduction by Bobbi:

“I grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and went to college at UW-Stevens Point (B.S.) and Northern Michigan University (M.S.) earning degrees in Wildlife Management and Biology. I also took a GIS class at UW-Green Bay in 2005. I started working as an LTE for the DNR in 1999 for the Wildlife Division (Northeast Region). In 2012, I started working for the Community Financial Assistance (CFA) Bureau as a grant project manager for the Recreational Trails grant program. In 2014, I completely left wildlife and took on the grant manager position for Law Enforcement’s Shooting Range and Hunter Recruitment grant programs, and the grant manager position for the Recreational Trails and the Recreational Boating Facilities grant programs for CFA. My husband, Brent and I live in Suamico and our son, Cullen graduated from UW-Madison last May and now lives and works in the Naperville, IL area. I enjoy biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, canoeing, playing Bunco, pet sitting, working on puzzles and being “crafty!” I look forward to learning and working with the Urban Forestry Grant Programs!”

Dan Buckler, Urban Forest Assessment Specialist

We are happy to announce that Dan Buckler will be joining both our urban forestry team and forest products services team as a forestry specialist focusing on the urban forest assessment. Dan will be working with the FPS to manage, analyze and report on urban forest data, and with the urban forestry team to get that information out to our staff and partners to help them manage urban forests in a more informed manner. Please join us in welcoming Dan to the Division of Forestry in the central office when he starts on May 1st.



For more information contact Ellen Clark (, Urban Forestry Communication Specialist, at 608-267-2774.

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