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101 South Webster Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53707

United States

Company Description

In keeping with our mission, the DNR is dedicated to working with the citizens and businesses of Wisconsin while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlif ... more

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Background Information

Employment History


Freshwater Society

Legislative Committee for Minnesota


Community Member
Sun Publications Newspapers

Board Member
National Audubon Society Inc

Board Member
History Theatre Inc

Board Member

Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota

Committee Co-Chair
Citizens League

Board Member
Minnesota Environmental Initiative

Chairman of the Finance Committee
Minnesota Newspaper Association

Minnesota Coalition of Environmental Advocacy

Treasurer of the Board of Directors
Metro North Chamber of Commerce

Board Member
ECM Publishers Inc

Board Member
Village Profile

Board Member
CM Voter Center

Member of the Publishers Board of Directors
Mille Lacs County Times

Board Member
Minnesota Zoo.Minnesota Audubon

Board Member
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Board Member
Minnesota Conservation Corps

Senate Finance Committee

City Council Member
Coon Rapids City Council

Board Member
Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Board Member
Minnesota Independent School Forum

Hunters Recruitment & Training Ltd

Board Member
Minnesota Chapter


Benilde High School


University of Minnesota

business administration

business administration

University of Minnesota

B.A. degree

University of Minnesota


finance accounting

University of Minnesota

Web References (199 Total References)

ECM Editorial Board | [cached]

Gene Merriam, community member, former State Senate, Commissioner of the DNR and recently retired from the Freshwater Society

Board of Directors | Audubon Minnesota [cached]

Gene Merriam Vice-Chair | Read Profile

Adds former DNR commissioner Gene ... [cached]

Adds former DNR commissioner Gene Merriam: "I find it very troubling that we don't have a big-picture goal of what we're trying to do or why.

"For years, we've kind of been dependent upon these random acts of conservation," Merriam said.
The Legislature could pass laws or agencies could adopt rules requiring farmers to adopt conservation practices and pay their share of cleanup costs, but that would be a political challenge.
"Not in the foreseeable future; I don't think there's the political support for regulating agricultural production," Merriam said.

Board of Directors | Audubon Minnesota [cached]

Gene Merriam is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and worked as a Certified Public Accountant. He was elected to the state senate in 1974 and served for 22 years until 1996. He served on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee all those years including six years as its chairman. He also served on the Legislative Committee for Minnesota's Resources from 1980-1996. In 2003 Governor Pawlenty appointed Gene as Commissioner of the DNR, a position he held until he retired in 2007. Gene's interest in birds was sparked by the white-throated sparrow's song which he would hear on fishing trips up north. "Its song was so striking and alluring, so recognizable, it captivated me," Gene remembers. He became curious as to what bird had such a melodious voice, so he purchased a bird recording tape, and began to study bird calls. From then on, his interest grew.

Oak Ridge Management Cooperative [cached]

Gene Merriam - DNR Commissioner

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