Strategic Advisory


The Strategic Advisory Council is a group of engaged wilderness advocates who contribute their expertise in science, policy, community engagement and philanthropy to advance the mission of the Friends. Advisory Council members serve on our board committees and play an important role in the organization’s work.

Current members include:

Chel Anderson

Plant Ecologist/Botanist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Biological Survey

Coauthor, North Shore – A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast

Lee Frelich

Director, The University of Minnesota Center for Forest Ecology

Institute on the Environment Fellow

Jim Furnish

Former Deputy Chief, US Forest Service

Author, Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in Transition

Bill Hansen

Owner, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

Frank Jewell

St. Louis County Commissioner, Board Chair

Chair of the Minnesota Clean Water Council, 2017-2018

Lynn McClure

Senior Midwest Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association

Steve Piragis

Owner, Piragis Northwoods Company

Kevin Proescholdt

Conservation Director, Wilderness Watch

Author, Troubled Waters: The Fight for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Author, Glimpses of Wilderness

Sue Schurke

Cofounder, Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge and Wintergreen Northern Wear