Polk County Foresters

Paul Heimstead

Paul Heimstead

Forester, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Polk County DNR Forestry Office
100 Polk Plaza
Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Bio

I grew up in Elk Mound, WI and studied Forest Management at UW-Stevens Point. In my free time, I enjoy camping, snowshoeing, hiking, cutting firewood, hunting, and fishing. I always knew I wanted to work outdoors and growing up, I had an interest and appreciation for forests and the services a healthy forest provides. Helping landowners achieve their forest objectives is the most rewarding part of being a forester.

What I like about Polk County: I appreciate our rural landscape. Polk County sits on the transition between northern and southern Wisconsin and supports diversity from both. Also, our county supports agriculture, hardwood forests, abundant wildlife and recreational opportunities for all ages.

Counties Served

Polk

Luke Krueger

Luke Krueger

Forester, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Burnett County DNR Forestry Office
26387 Lakeland Avenue S
Webster, WI 54893

Bio

I am originally from Deer Park, WI and studied Forest Management at UW-Stevens Point. My favorite hobbies include woodworking, hunting, and playing and watching sports. I really enjoy spending time walking the woods. Helping landowners achieve their forest objectives is the most rewarding part of being a forester.  

What I like about Burnett and Polk Counties: I enjoy the small-town, simple lifestyles common to northern Wisconsin. The vast amounts of public land and lakes also offer great recreational opportunities. 

Counties Served

Burnett, Polk

Richard Nesslar

Richard Nesslar

Forester, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

325 Hwy 70

Granstburg, WI 54840

Bio

I grew up in St. Charles, IL along the Fox River. I went on to study Forest Management at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and have been a professional forester since 2016. In my free time, I enjoy camping, fishing, and sports. At a very early age, my grandfather instilled a love of nature during our many fishing trips. I am committed to the sustainable management of Wisconsin’s forest resources.

What I like about Burnett and Polk Counties: I enjoy our county’s diverse habitats that range from wet meadows to dry jack pine stands. I also enjoy the many outdoor recreation opportunities available.

Counties Served

Burnett, Polk


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