SENECA - Jay Greene, a local businessman and long-time supporter of conservation issues in western Wisconsin, is the Department of Natural Resources 2017 Secretary's Director Award recipient.
"Jay Greene has a strong sense of community service and pride and serves as sort of a Seneca community ambassador," said DNR Western Wisconsin Secretary's Director Dan Baumann. "That commitment spills over into his involvement with numerous DNR programs."
Greene owns and manages Greener's Corner, located in Seneca in Crawford County. Greener's has served as a turkey registration station from 1995 to 2014 and a deer registration station from 1996 to 2014 and still is Crawford County's hub for food, fun, photos and some great hunting tales.
Greener's Corners also serves the public as a source for local hunting and fishing information, and provides outdoor enthusiasts as a contact point for license and permit sales by serving as a Go Wild vendor. Baumann said that Greene works in partnership with DNR wardens and wildlife biologists regarding such topics as hunter success, local hunting conditions, registration procedures and unusual or novel wildlife sightings.
In addition, Greene has been an Emergency Fire Warden for 11 years, writing on average 150 annual burning permits per year, and works in close partnership with DNR forestry staff in southwest to promote safe burning practices. He has also been a certified hunter and archery safety instructor since 2009 and has certified more than 160 students. Beginning in 2004, Greene helped spearhead a community-wide annual Learn to Hunt turkey event in the Seneca area and in 2010 in the Gays Mills area.
"Jay's organization and public relations skills lead to exceptionally well-run community involved events and serve as a model for others interested in sponsoring Learn to Hunt events," said Baumann. "He also opens his property to disabled deer hunters during the annual early October special gun deer hunt for hunters with disabilities."
For these and many other reasons, the DNR would like to thank Mr. Greene and the staff of Greener's Corners for being an outstanding conservation partner and community ambassador for the promotion of the natural resources in Southwest Wisconsin. The department is recognizing Jay Greene at the Conservation Awards Night, 6 p.m. August 24, 2017, at the Crawford County Fair in Gays Mills.