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Martin to lead Community, Natural Resource, Economic Development Program

Martin to lead Community, Natural Resource, Economic Development Program
He has a doctorate in forest ecology and a master's in wildlife science.

Karl Martin will serve as the next program director for the community, natural resource and economic development program area at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, effective Aug. 1.

"UW-Extension offers access to university research and knowledge in 72 county offices, on five 4-year campuses and within three tribal nations," says Rick Klemme, dean and director of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.

Karl Martin holds an adjunct faculty appointment at UW-Madison's Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department and is a 2010 graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute.

The organization provides educational programs by teaming up with agriculture, meeting community challenges, strengthening Wisconsin's families, and supporting young people through four program areas, of which CNRED is one. The other program areas are agriculture and natural resources, family living programs and 4-H youth development.

Providing leadership
In his new role, Martin will provide overall leadership, direction and coordination for UW-Extension programs designed to support community-based needs, including economic development, leadership training, public policy, natural resources education and land-use planning.

"Karl will be working with Extension agents from across the state who work on issues such as economic development, workforce development, community development and natural resources development," Klemme explains.

"We were looking for a person who could actually help advance that work and tie it together. Karl knows the ins and outs of the UW System," he adds. "I am convinced that Karl is the kind of person who will talk to the people who work in agriculture and natural resources, family living and 4-H youth development and provide the kind of leadership we are looking for. He convinced me that he is sincere about learning what we do so we can be better. He wants to work with the other program directors from Ag, CNRED, Family Living and 4-H Youth Development so they can all work together and do what they do better."

Klemme explains, "Thriving youth, families and communities require our program directors and our counties to work together. We have county relationships and campus relationships. We have 72 county relationships we have to work with every year and we have to work with UW-Madison, UW-Stevens Point and UW-River Falls. It's important for Karl to work with those who head up these areas."

Klemme says Martin brings great experience and leadership in natural resources to UW-Extension.

"He also has tremendous capacity to engage our colleagues who work with challenging issues facing Wisconsin's communities, natural resources and economic development," Klemme says.

Wisconsin DNR background
Martin comes to UW-Extension from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where he served for six years as the chief for the wildlife and forestry research section. Prior to that, he worked eight years as a forest-wildlife research scientist with the Wisconsin DNR based in Rhinelander. Martin holds an adjunct faculty appointment at UW-Madison's Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department and is a 2010 graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute.

Martin has a doctorate in forest ecology and a master's degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University and a bachelor's degree in wildlife ecology from the UW-Madison.

"I'm particularly impressed with the high quality people, pragmatic mission and diverse aspects of the program. This is a great opportunity to work with internal colleagues and external partners to continue an already well-established and productive program," Martin said of UW-Extension.
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