UWSP: Lueck named to national board of Pheasants Forever

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Diane Lueck has been elected to the Pheasants Forever national board of directors. Lueck is the director of the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program located within the College of Natural Resources (CNR) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).

Lueck will serve on a 16-member board that meets quarterly and oversees the operations of Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever. “I define myself with two words: hunter and educator,” explained Lueck. “To me, these two words are intertwined. Offering people the opportunity to learn the pure fun of shooting, hunting, and enjoying the outdoors makes it easier to teach about conservation and land management. Helping hunters understand water quality and wildlife management enhances their recreation as well. Promotion of both resource management and the shooting sports is my objective as a hunter and as an educator. The mission and vision of Pheasants Forever resonate strongly with my beliefs.”

Pheasants Forever has been a BOW sponsor since 2000, joining sixteen other conservation groups and corporations.

 In her role as program manager for BOW’s international programs, Lueck has overseen the development of BOW training and curriculum materials, expanded BOW opportunities throughout North America, coordinated BOW workshops with a variety of state and federal natural resource agencies, helped broaden BOW’s outreach for people with disabilities, supervised graduate students and much more. She has been directly or indirectly responsible for grants in excess of $1 million for the program. In 2002 she received the CNR’s Outreach Award. She attended the Safari Club International’s American Wilderness Leadership School in 1994 and in 1990 the Wisconsin Association of Lakes (WAL) honored her for ten years of service.

She also is a member of the Wisconsin’s Hunter Education Instructors Association, the International Hunter Education Association, and the Bill Cook Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, Whitetails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. A native of Coloma, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural resources from UWSP, and her Ph.D. in adult education from UW-Madison. She resides in Friendship with her husband, Gary.