(This article is published in the Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine October 2013 issue.)

Back from her first trip to China, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp carries lasting memories not only of a Beijing duck roast and visiting the Great Wall, but also of her interactions with the people there, especially youth.

In March 2013, accompanied by nine high school and college students from Wisconsin and Iowa and other professionals, Stepp headed a new kind of trade mission — one based on long–term relationship building with a heavy emphasis on youth and schools. The nine–day visit included stops in four major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai.

“I met hundreds of people there,” recalls Stepp. “Government officials, experts, teachers and high school students. It was an extraordinary experience for me.”…

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