Milton E. Reinke
Inducted November 3, 2000
A professional forester whose career with the Department of Natural Resources spawned a period from 1949 to 1986.
His career started as Forester in Chippewa County. He assumed greater leadership in the DNR forestry program and in 1976 was appointed Director of the Bureau of Forestry and Chief Forester, a position he fielded until retirement.
As Bureau Director, he strengthened county forest program legislation to assure its permanence, reorganized fire control and management programs into the Bureau of Forestry, developed the nation’s largest Private Non-industrial forestry program, revised forest tax laws, directed the first Wisconsin Strategic Forestry Plan and recognized the importance of urban forestry through the “Tree City USA” program.
His voice, experience and wisdom has had a profound impact on the future of Wisconsin forestry.