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Do you care about Wisconsin’s conservation legacy? Are you an admirer of some of our greatest conservationists – Aldo Leopold, John Muir, Gaylord Nelson, the Hamerstroms and Lorrie Otto?

The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) consists of 35 voting members who are not-for-profit Wisconsin conservation organizations and affiliate non-voting members who are support WCHF goals. The WCHF News blog is our way of staying in touch with each other and with the community at large about what’s going on at the Hall of Fame and its inductees and its members.

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September 9th is the 100th Anniversary of Lorrie Otto’s Birth

September 9th is the 100th Anniversary of Lorrie Otto’s Birth

Today, September 9th would have been Lorrie Otto’s 100th birthday. Lorrie Otto — Queen of the Prairie. Lorrie Otto — the inspiration for Wild Ones — was a 1999 inductee into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. Consider making a donation in her memory to the Hall of Fame Today!

LORRIE’S STORY

Lorraine “Lorrie” Stoeber was born in 1919 near Madison, Wisconsin. She lived on a farm where she learned to love the soil and the biodiversity of the landscape. As a young woman who was tall and smart, she got involved in many things from modeling evening gowns for wholesale houses to preparing to be a pilot in the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program.

She graduated from the University …

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The Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Fund

The Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Fund

Anonymous members of WCHF voting member organization Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin recently donated $500,000 to establish the Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Fund which will support native pollinator conservation across the State. This donation requires a matching donation to establish a permanent endowment fund for Wisconsin pollinator conservation.

Goals of the program include:

  1. capacity building for Wisconsin polliantor conservation
  2. habitat creation and enhancement
  3. research and monitoring
  4. education and outreach

See also Anonymous half-million dollar donation creates hope for Wisconsin pollinators.

For more information, contact Caitlin Williamson Director of Conservation Programs.…

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John Muir Anywhere

John Muir Anywhere

On August 22, 2019, I received this note from WCHF friend Richard Hemp and thought I’d share:

“I was in the San Francisco ferry terminal last week and saw these books on John Muir prominently displayed.  Perhaps you may have seen some or all these publications.  His ongoing outreach continues to be amazing.  So great for WCHF visibility.”

John Muir, often referred to as the Father of the National Parks, was WCHF’s first induction into the Hall of Fame in 1985, along with Aldo Leopold, Father of Wildlife Ecology and the United States’ Wilderness System.…

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WCHF Enrolled in Thrivent Choice Program

WCHF Enrolled in Thrivent Choice Program

We received word this past week that the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Foundation Inc is now enrolled in Thrivent Choice® and will be listed in the Thrivent Choice online catalog.

Thrivent Choice is a member-advised program that allows eligible members to recommend where Thrivent distributes part of its charitable outreach funds each year. When eligible Thrivent members direct Choice Dollars® to WCHF in a particular month, Thrivent reviews the recommendation and makes an electronic deposit in our bank account by the 10th of the following month. Those funds may be used to carry out the WCHF mission.

Please make friends, co-workers and family members, who may be eligible to direct Choice Dollars, aware of this recognition. WCHF Thrivent Choice

If you …

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