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NERR Site Evaluation Committee

The primary charge of the NERR Site Evaluation Committee is to recommend a final site for nomination to the Site Coordination Committee. This process will include

  1. Agreeing upon the evaluation process by which the NERR Site Selection Criteria will be used to recommend the Final Site Nomination
  2. Applying the accepted evaluation process and Site Selection Criteria to derive a recommended Final Site Nomination.
  3. When the State Lead, the Governor’s Office, and NOAA agree on the general location of the Final Site Nomination, the Committee will delineate the proposed NERR boundaries, including appropriate “core” and “buffer” areas within.

Members of the NERR Site Evaluation Committee


  • Chair: Nicole Van Helden, Director of Land Conservation, The Nature Conservancy
  • Dr. Patrick Forsythe, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Dr. Amy Wolf, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Mark Walter, Business Development Manager, Brown County Port & Resource Recovery
  • Dr. Bud Harris, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Katie Beilfuss, Outreach Programs Director, Wisconsin Wetland Association
  • Stacy Hron, Lake Michigan LAMP coordinator, Wisconsin DNR
  • Jeff Mears, Executive Director, Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Council
  • Tricia Garrison, Public Affairs & Education Manager, NEW Water
  • Todd Breiby, Program Coordinator, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
  • Dr. Chin Wu, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Greg Coulthurst, County Conservationist, Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department
  • Jan Allman, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fincanterri Marine Group
  • Steve Ruberg, Supervisor, Observing Systems and Advanced Technology Branch, NOAA GLERL, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Corry Lambie, Superintendent of Schools, Marinette School District
  • Vinni Chomeau, Project Coordinator, Friends of Gibraltar Schools


  • Emily Tyner, Director of Freshwater Strategy, UW-Green Bay (coordination and communication support)