Robert G. Fisher (Bob) has worked as a forestry adviser/educator to private landowners as well as managing all natural resources activities on a 63,000 acre military base, and served as a land appraiser for a state conservation agency. Most of his professional career has been in western Wisconsin as a land use/outdoor recreation/transportation planner, helping local communities prepare plans and ordinances and write grant applications. Bob first worked in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) when the Town of Onalaska Board was developing a cooperative conservancy easement program with MVC.
Since his retirement from the planning agency, Bob has been busy consulting as a Certified Arborist, serving with various committees and organizations, including the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters. He has done boundary and inspection work on MVC properties, and serves on an exhibit committee for the Myrick Hixon EcoPark.
He is active in several local and state organizations that plan and promote environmentally friendly transportation modes: biking, rail passenger service, and walk-friendly communities. He is an avid reader of conservation history and natural resource policy development, and is an active supporter of his wife Barb’s alter persona of “Hugs the Clown,” a popular figure at parades, fests, and parties. Bob owns 33 acres of fields and forest in Vernon County, and is donating an easement to MVC.