Your Board

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I am 69 years old, retired from 3M Company for 9 years. I have a doctrate degree in physics from the University of Texas in Austin. I worked in research and development in St Paul for 32 years retiring as VP of R&D. I am married to Hope also retired, and we have 2 children, Ruby a school teacher near Cedar Rapids Iowa with 3 children and Ellie a theology graduate student at Bethel University living in Becker Minneasota. In retirement I have 5 keen avocations--golf, bird dogs, grouse hunting, maintaining a 40 acre prairie at my home in Hammond WI and writing fiction.
I have spent a lot of time on the Namekagon Barrens over the past 4 years--training bird dogs, birding, hiking, and looking for wild flowers. My goals for the barrens would be to see it expanded until it maintains a healthy sharp-tailed grouse population. At the same time I'd like to see the barren habitat maintained with plans in place for this to happen in perpetuity. A third goal would be to learn about the grasses and forbs that make the Namekagon Barrens a pine barren and share this with other people.
Jerry McAllister

------------ Susan Armstrong


Pic by the new p;rivy???

Jeffrey T Hintz. 
Retired investor. 
Now an outdoor activist with a passion for the future, where I will be spending the rest of my life.

Mark Nupen
President Friends of Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area
Residence: Anoka, Minnesota but have cabin near Danbury, Wisconsin.
Occupation:  physician semi-retired
Interest in the Barrens:  I grew up in the Sonoran Desert area of southern
Arizona and found great beauty with the change of seasons across that dry
brushy desert.  The Barrens in many ways is similar with unexpected beauty
seen during the seasons and quite different from the nearby forested areas.
Preserving the now rare Barrens habitat is essential to all of us.

Hello, my name is Mark Nupen and it has been a pleasure to be part of the FNBWA board.  I first became aware of the ‘Barrens’ snomobiling.  When asking my friends who have been in the area for decades what this open area was, they always replied “the Barrens”.   I questioned “what does that mean?” and they replied “I don’t know”.  
Thus began my interest in the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area.  I attended one of the Friends general membership meetings and became a member.  
In 2011 summer I came out monthly to take pictures and find out more about the Barrens.  I was struck by the beauty that is not obvious on a quick drive through the area and it also reminded me of my hometown area in southern Arizona, the Sonoran Desert.  I knew the beauty and fragrance of the  desert in all of its subtleties and seasons.    Our ‘Barrens’  has a fragrance from the sweet fern, and I got hooked on the beauty of the Namekagon  Barrens.  What I began to learn is how rare this Pine Barrens habitat is even though it was once part of a very large landscape in northwestern Wisconsin.  The Barrens’ beauty is different from the surrounding wooded areas and is unique in fauna and flora.
The public is mostly unaware of this ‘Barrens’ habitat.  Our goal is to help preserve and educate the public as to its value and how the ‘Barrens’ is actually quite beautiful, unlike the name suggests.
My trade and home is a semi-retired physician in the Twin Cities and we have a cabin near Danbury.  My wife and grown children with grandchildren love the area and the remoteness that still survives.


any annual meetings?? 

===============DNR MANAGER=================

My name is Nancy M. Christel (Cervantes). I have been the wildlife biologist and property manager for the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area for eleven years. In this position I work with wildlife technicians to manage all wildlife related issues, create and maintain wildlife habitat and am the property manager for all wildlife areas in Washburn and eastern Burnett Counties. I was the wildlife biologist for Wautoma for 4 years prior to moving to Spooner. It is an honor to be able to manage the Barrens.


My current position is quite diverse and it has allowed me to trap elk, search for fawns and elk calves, trap great gray owls, song birds, ducks, geese, trumpeter swans and sharp-tailed grouse, fly low in small planes to conduct otter and wolf surveys, collar wolves and burn thousands of acres. I regularly collect tissues from and haul lots of dead animals. Years ago I had a three month positions that required me to live in my tent and hike all over the mountains trapping, banding and taking blood samples from spotted owls in New Mexico. I had a six month position that required me to boat around in a 16 foot Boston Whaler conducting marine bird and mammal surveys (primarily for marbled murrelets) north of the Puget Sound just south of the Canada border off the coasts of the San Juan Islands in Washington. I worked on research projects with mallards, deer and Canada geese.


My childhood was not the typical one that leads to this career, but it was wonderful. I grew up with my brothers and my mother in Kenosha Wisconsin. We lived in low income housing and no one hunted, fished or trapped. My mother was the absolute best parent, but she was often ill, so I helped raised the kids and we all worked to put food in our mouths. I was a florist for 8 years, starting at 12 years old and then waitress my way through college. When I left for college, all I knew is that I wanted to work outdoors and that I loved animals. My big wildlife experience as a child was watching the old wildlife shows and searching for small critters while out playing in the fields or along Lake Michigan. My mom always talked about the time I “pet” the snake at some zoo when I was only a few years old and about the same time I vaguely remember feeding a dolphin. I considered being a vet or a wildlife photographer until I heard about a career in wildlife management. Prior to that, I didn’t even know what the DNR was. I immediately began working field jobs, mostly volunteer and then for very poor pay. I was determined to become a paid biologist.


In 1996, I received bachelor degrees in Wildlife Ecology and Biological Aspects of Conservation from UW- Madison. After working temporary jobs for several years and about the time I was planning to leave for graduate school in Montana to work with elk and bison, I was hired permanently by the Wisconsin DNR. Lucky break… although Montana would have been neat too. I can’t imagine doing anything else and am very fortunate to be able to do this for a living.


I live between Spooner and Shell Lake with my husband Paul, three sons Logan (6), Dylan (4) and Ethan (9 months) and our 14 year old yellow lab Mika. We take pride in harvesting our own wild game, berries and rice. Mika can no longer hear and uses it as an excuse to do whatever she so choses in her old age. I hope to do the same, but my mom died at 50 so I know it could happen any day. Keeping that in perspective, is a great way to live. J