UW-Stevens Point: Great Lakes Initiative director to give talk at UW-Stevens Point

A leading Great Lakes environmentalist will speak on the merits of public service to communities and to the environment at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Wednesday, October 13.

David A. Ullrich, executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, will present “Public Service to People and the Environment,” at 5 p.m. in Room 170 of the Trainer Natural Resources Building. Hosted by the student subchapter of the American Fisheries Society, the free presentation is open to the public.

President George W. Bush appointed Ullrich to the U.S./Canadian Great Lakes Fishery Commission in 2006 to serve a six-year term. He previously served for 30 years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes regional office in Chicago, working on environmental issues in the six states of the upper Midwest.

As executive director Ullrich works with U.S. and Canadian mayors from across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin to advance the restoration and protection of the resource. The Initiative’s mission is to share best practices and to enhance partnerships among the cities, towns, and counties of the basin. The Initiative also works on restoration legislation, planning, and implementation. Ullrich earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, with an emphasis in environmental law.