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Wisconsin DNR partners with Operation Fresh Start for hands-on job training

by Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering with Operation Fresh Start, a Madison-based nonprofit, for hands-on job training at state properties across Wisconsin.

Launched in October 2021, the Conservation Academy with Operation Fresh Start provides a pathway for graduates to enter forestry and land conservation careers. This past spring, crew members worked side-by-side with DNR parks and recreation staff on various stewardship and restoration projects and will join staff again this fall to work with the DNR’s Wildlife Management and Natural Heritage Conservation programs.

“It’s exciting to have the DNR involved in such a hands-on educational experience for young people to learn more about careers in conservation, park management and natural areas stewardship,” said Brian Hefty, DNR Parks and Recreation Management Deputy Director. “We are proud to continue this partnership this year and hope to see some graduates of the Conservation Academy pursue future careers with the DNR.”

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