The Fort Atkinson Club Community Center presents....
Tuesday, November 26: Carl Korfmacher
“Wisconsin’s Glacial Heritage: Perceptions and Natural History”
The first Europeans to set foot in Wisconsin found a land brimming with game. Prairies, savannas, wetlands and open woodlands were extraordinarily productive and beautiful. Because the land held few native people, Europeans concluded that it had always been so, that the land they encountered had existed in a state of primeval abundance from the beginning of time. But they were wrong. Recent theories on the peopling of the continent and pre-settlement land management practices have shed new light on what we call "pre-settlement" conditions. In this presentation we will explore some of these theories and discuss challenges facing the landscapes of the southern Wisconsin.
Carl Korfmacher has been involved in natural resources for over 20 years beginning with graduate studies in landscape architecture at Kansas State University and continuing through nearly 18 years at Applied Ecological Services where he eventually became President and CEO. In 2014, he purchased Midwest Prairies from Ron and Marti Martin and has expanded the business to all of southern Wisconsin. Midwest Prairies, LLC restores and improves prairie, savanna, woodland, and wetland habitats using the best techniques and practices available. Midwest Prairies’ customers include private landowners, state, county, and local governments, land trusts, and utilities.
Mr. Korfmacher currently serves chairman of the Board of Visitors for the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and is a past board member of the Rock River Coalition and Prescribed Fire Council. He has served on several corporate boards of directors and has worked internationally on projects related to the environment and sustainability.
Apart from his family, his core passion is bringing life and health back to the land through direct action. He takes great pride in helping all those interested in natural resources formulate goals to improve the land and see them through to fruition.