Kewaunee County Supervisor Chuck Wagner and UW-Extension agriculture agent Aerica Bjurstrom have been honored by the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association with its Next Generation Award.

Wagner is a longtime member of the association, the largest private association of woodland owners in the state, said the group looks for “somebody that is doing something special in educating the youth in their area how to better manage and care for sustainable forestry.”

He told the Kewaunee County Board this week that the association became interested in recognizing the Youth Conservation Day that the county stages for area students every May.

“What I tried to do is steer the association toward giving Aerica Bjurstrom the award for everything she does in putting together that Youth Conservation Day,” Wagner said.

Wagner has made a presentation about woodlands during that event every year for about 20 years, and the association decided to recognize both of them “for educating the next generation about the value of Wisconsin private woodlands.”