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Tia Nelson Executive Secretary Board of Commissioners of Public Lands Speaking Tuesday, March 7th at 9:15 (Guava) ”FE-FI-FO and the Common School Fund.” Tia Nelson was named Executive Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in October 2004. She oversees the management of approximately 78,000 acres of Trust Lands located in northern Wisconsin, the State Trust Fund Loan Program, four Trust Funds valued at over $617 million, and the Original Land Records Program, which includes land survey records dating back to the 1830’s. Since her appointment, she has overseen record Trust Fund earnings totaling $52.2 to Wisconsin’s public school libraries and a $50.6 million increase in the State Trust Fund Loan Program. Ms. Nelson was previously with The Nature Conservancy for seventeen years, first in Government Relations and then as Senior Policy Advisor for the Latin America Region. Beginning in 1994 she led The Nature Conservancy’s climate change program. She played a key leadership role in climate change and in developing forest protection and restoration as a climate change mitigation strategy. Ms. Nelson has developed and negotiated climate mitigation projects with industry, environmentalists and numerous governments around the world, including the United States, Belize, Bolivia and Brazil. She has conducted forest carbon workshops around the world and has been a frequent expert speaker on the topic of forest carbon offset trading. Ms. Nelson served as an advisor to several councils including the World Bank’s Bio Carbon Fund, the Chicago Climate Exchange, the Climate Neutral Network and was recently appointed to the Board of Visitors for the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. In 2000, Ms. Nelson was the recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leadership Award. Ms. Nelson’s professional life has come full circle with her return to Wisconsin where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin. Long before her work with The Nature Conservancy, she worked for the State of Wisconsin, beginning her employment with the Department of Natural Resources as a fisheries technician and later the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
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