Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine | Spring 2022

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MAGGIE AUGUSTA

She also takes pride in having picked up Geographic Information System mapping, mostly by learning on the job. Most recently, she used her GIS skills to map the wildfire that burned through Superior National Forest last August, providing critical updates for the public and wildland firefighters on the ground. Earlier in her career, Rogers became determined to show that women have diverse roles to play in managing Wisconsin’s forests — and she did so while skillfully yielding a chainsaw and maneuvering bulldozers. “It motivated me to be a role model and a positive influence for other women in the field,” she said. “Nobody’s going to tell you, you can’t do it.”

MAGGIE AUGUSTA

Freelance writer Howard Hardee has worked as an investigative journalist, government reporter and environmental reporter covering natural disasters and forest health.

‘WE’RE TRYING TO LOOK AT HOW, AS AN AGENCY, WE CAN REACH OUT AND GET PEOPLE INTERESTED IN FORESTRY.’ COLLEEN MATULA, DNR FOREST ECOLOGIST AND SILVICULTURIST

“It’s really exciting for me to see my niece pursuing forestry and the natural resources fields as a career,” Hardin said. “I hope I have been able to show her that there really aren’t any boundaries on what you can do in your life.” SKEPTICS FUEL MOTIVATION Angela Rogers, a DNR forester based in Keshena, serves as a resource for private landowners who need guidance in managing property, whether for protecting wildlife habitat, preserving beauty or providing monetary value. Leading educational walkthroughs with landowners is the part of her job she most enjoys. “Being able to walk around with landowners and help them identify different trees and plant species, educate them on insects and diseases they might have to worry about, and seeing how happy they are to learn something about their land and being able to sustain it into the future, that’s probably the most rewarding for me,” she said.

‘I HOPE I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHOW THAT THERE REALLY AREN’T ANY BOUNDARIES ON WHAT YOU CAN DO IN YOUR LIFE.’ CARMEN HARDIN, DIRECTOR OF DNR’S APPLIED FORESTRY BUREAU

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