County Foresters

Kara Oikarinen

Kara Oikarinen

Forester, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Bayfield County DNR Forestry Office
203 E. Bayfield Street
Washburn, WI 54891


I grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and studied Forest Management at Michigan Technological University. In my free time, I enjoy biking, gardening, dancing, and music. My choice to become a forester was influenced through the enjoyment of recreation on industrial forest land. Forest management allows forests to stay intact and usable for profit, recreation, and wildlife habitat. Finding a balance between multiple goals on forest land is the most rewarding part of being a forester.

What I like about Ashland and Bayfield Counties: I enjoy the variety in landscape and culture. The people here have their own histories and reasons for owning forest land.


Counties Served

Ashland, Bayfield

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