WCHF Receives $250 Seed Money from Thrivent Financial

WCHF is pleased to announce they have received “seed money” in the amount of $250 from Thrivent Financial. This seed money is to be used toward developing a Touchscreen Computer Exhibit for the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Gallery.

Thank you to the Thrivent Action Team that made this possible.


Thrivent Action Teams

Thrivent Financial is a not-for-profit financial services organization which helps people be wise with their money, and helps their members to live generously and make a positive impact in their community. Thrivent members have the opportunity to carry out two Action Team projects each year. Approved project leaders receive $250 in “seed money” to carry out a community service project. The seed money helps offset event costs, provide food and beverages for volunteers, and purchase supplies for fundraisers and educational events or opportunities. To learn more, visit Thrivent Action Teams.

WCHF People in the News

A recent article in the Shepherd Express featured several people associated with Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF).  Entitled “Lessons from the Historic Banning of DDT,” Virginia Small covered everything from the historical to the current lessons learned through the process of banning DDT and mentions:

Lorrie Otto standing before her native landscaped yard. Photo by Ney Tait Fraser

Lorrie Otto – inducted into Hall of Fame 1999.

Joseph Hickey — inducted into Hall of Fame

Gaylord Nelson — inducted into Hall of Fame

Frederick L Ott — nominated to the Hall of Fame

Bill Berry — member of WCHF Board of Governors

She closed the article with several quotes from Whitney Gould, who covered the DDT hearings for the Capital Times.  “Environmental protection works….” “…Triumph of Science.” “…Citizen activism pays off.”

With “…the rise of the #MeToo Movement, blogging and social media has made it easier to mobilize concerned citizens around fraught issues. When people despair about the state of the environment, they can think back to what happened with DDT.” (Shepherd Express)


2018 WCHF Induction Ceremony Date Set

2018 WCHF Induction Ceremony Date Set

The 2019 WCHF Induction Ceremony will be held on the afternoon of April 13, 2019 at the SentryWorld Atrium in Stevens Point. The luncheon will follow.

Inductee Charlotte Lukes speaking at 2018 WCHF Induction Ceremony. Photo by Donna VanBuecken

Inductees will be announced mid-January 2019.

Here are the specifics:

Public is Invited

Date: April 13, 2019

Place: The Atrium at SentryWorld, 601 Michigan Ave N, Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Schedule (afternoon event):

12:30  pm   Social Reception and Registration (Free)

2:00 pm      Induction Ceremony (Free)

4:30 pm      Dinner (Tickets will be available mid-February.)

Are Reservations Needed?    

Social Reception: No Reservations needed. Simply attend and enjoy!

Ceremony: No Reservations needed. Simply attend and enjoy!

Dinner: Reservations and tickets are required.

How to Purchase Dinner Tickets

Dinner tickets will be available through Eventbrite

Or by contacting WCHF. Watch this blog for further information.

Hope you can join us for the celebration!


Mending the Earth

A new book featuring Lorrie Otto quite prominently has hit the shelves. Mending the Earth in Milwaukee, written and published by Ney Tait Fraser, is a how-to guide about natural landscaping in southeastern Wisconsin, but is written in such lyrical fashion it’s like reading about an urban adventure. The stories are about Lorrie Otto and 15 friends and acquaintances, some of who took the plunge as early as the 1970s and 1980s, who began converting their yards to natural landscaping using native plants. Their stories are about a love affair with native flora that continues through to today, and the many photos included in the book only add to the adventure.

Lorrie Otto who led the battle to ban DDT in Wisconsin in the 1960s, went on to promote the use of native plants and natural landscaping as a way to heal the Earth one yard at a time. The not-for-profit national organization Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a reflection of her passion and her efforts.

Lorrie was inducted into the WCHF in 1999.

For more information about Ney Tait Fraser’s book, see Journal Sentinel.


Aldo Leopold featured at Mono Lake, California National Park

Aldo Leopold Poster at Mono Lake National Park Visitor Center. Photo by Richard Kemp.

WCHF Member Richard Hemp wrote recently that he was pleased to discover this tribute to Aldo Leopold at the Mono Lake, California National Park Center recently. Another interesting discovery was that not only is Aldo Leopold’s prominently featured at the Mono Lake National Park Center, but as their poster indicated on the bottom right side “Leopold’s words can be found on each sign along the Lee Vining Scenic Byway Tour.”

Dick wrote about the park that “this is a spectacular drive into a prime Sierra Nevada area.  Possibly not far where John Muir spent time…at least around Yosemite.”