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Brehm Is New DNR Wildlife Biologist In Marinette County

Janet Brehm, a recently hired wildlife biologist for the state Department of Natural Resources, has taken up her station at Wausaukee and has been ranging across Marinette County for several months.

She’s no stranger here. In the 1990s, when she was in high school, she came here with her mother and step father to stay at a cabin near Amberg. Their favorite pastime was hook and line sturgeon fishing on the Menominee River.

Later, while earning a master’s degree in natural resources she returned to Marinette County in 2006 and 2007 to study red-shouldered hawk nesting habitat on county forest lands.

Then in 2013, after an intense hiring process involving hundreds of applicants, Brehm was one of a handful of candidates offered positions with the DNR. She was assigned to Marinette County.

“I’m on a cycle,” Brehm joked. “I keep returning. It’s meant to be!”

Brehm is responsible for implementing and overseeing the wildlife program in the Town Corner, Miscauno, Amberg and Lake Noquebay wildlife areas as well as the Dunbar Barrens State Natural Area and Pike Wild Rivers properties.

  The program covers wildlife-based recreation, protecting and managing wildlife populations, monitoring the trapping and hunting harvest, and integrated land management activities like habitat restoration, forest management and prescribed burns. Additionally, Brehm responds to public inquiries and provides wildlife management guidance and assistance to the general public.

“Brehm has experience in a wide variety of resource fields and brings a lot of knowledge and dedication to the area,” said John Huff, Peshtigo area wildlife team supervisor.  “She worked on research involving forest management and wildlife in Marinette County and that local background makes her a great addition to the resource team.  She is already involved in a lot of projects and is helping provide management service to the public.”

Most recently, Brehm worked for Langlade County, where she gained valuable experience in shoreland habitat restoration, zoning rules and regulations. She also assisted landowners with soil and water conservation projects. 

Brehm attended UW-Stevens Point where she received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management in December 2002. Following graduation, she worked as a technician in North Dakota for both the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducting numerous wildlife surveys.   She returned to Wisconsin to work for the DNR conducting surveys on northern goshawks, red-shouldered hawks and American pine marten.

In 2008 Brehm graduated with a master’s degree in natural resources, emphasis in wildlife ecology and management, from UW-Stevens Point.  Her thesis was titled “Red-shouldered hawk distribution, productivity, parasite intensity and habitat selection on Marinette County Forest in northeast Wisconsin.”  Her research gave her the opportunity to lead and develop a large project, collaborate with several state and county departments, and provide forest management recommendations.  Brehm also taught environmental science at UW-Marshfield and worked in an environmental laboratory.

Brehm was born in Fond du Lac and her parents instilled a love for the outdoors at a young age through camping, hiking and fishing.  She continues to enjoy the same activities as well as kayaking, snowshoeing, mountain biking and traveling.  Brehm and her family have called the Wausau area home for the past 11 years.

Brehm said the large tracts of public land in Marinette County, and the diversity of habitats, will make her job fascinating and give her plenty of opportunities to interact with the people.

“My goal of becoming a wildlife biologist is finally realized,” says Brehm.  I’m excited to be returning to Marinette County and the DNR to assist wildlife and their habitat and to serve the public”. 

Janet Brehm is stationed in Wausaukee and can be contacted at 715-856-9160 or at Janet.brehm@wisconsin.gov.

To learn more about Wisconsin’s Wildlife Program please visit: DNR.wi.gov and type “Wildlife” in the search box or type “wildlife areas” in the search box to get links to all the state wildlife areas and other state  managed lands.


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