Wisconsin native and scientist Michael Dombeck is a former UW System Fellow and Professor of Global Conservation at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (2001-2010).
He is the only person in history to have led the nation's two largest land management agencies, the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The New York Times described him as the most conservation-minded chief of the Forest Service since Gifford Pinchot. Dombeck's legacy is one of steadfast stewardship for the land. For his lifelong career in public service he received the highest award in federal service, the Presidential Rank-Distinguished Executive Award. He has authored and edited more than 200 publications.