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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? If so, I invite you to join this blog and learn about the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) and its inductees and members.

The WCHF is governed by representatives of over 30 not-for-profit Wisconsin conservation organizations, and extra support comes from our Affiliate non-voting members. 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 with its inductees and its members.

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Sigurd Olson “Wild Prophet”

Sigurd Olson “Wild Prophet”

A friend of WCHF recently sent a newspaper article from the Minnesota’s Star Tribune about Wisconsin son Sigurd Olson who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987. It begins: “Famed author and wilderness advocate Sigurd Olson put a fresh sheet of paper into his typewriter at his home in Ely, Minn., and tapped out a thought.

Written in three lines, centered, like a poem, were these words:

A New Adventure is coming up
And I’m sure it will be
A good one.”

The next day these words were found by one of his sons, after Sigurd had passed away while on an adventure with his snowshoes. What a fitting memorial for such a literary laureate to wilderness lovers.

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Natural Resources Foundation has new Executive Director

Natural Resources Foundation has new Executive Director

WCHF Board member Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin (NRF) will be holding their 2019 Open House on November 7, 2019 to celebrate their new office space and welcome their new Executive Director, David Clutter! David will be the NRF’s representative to the WCHF Board of Directors.

Plan to stop by their new office on Paterson Street in Madison for light refreshments, good company and an opportunity to meet Foundation members and partners in conservation.

Please RSVP by October 29 if you plan to attend.

 

Details about the Open House

DATE: Thursday, November 7, 2019

TIME: 3:00-6:00 pm

LOCATION: 211 S Paterson St. Suite 100, Madison

PARKING: Parking is available onsite. Additional parking is available on Paterson Street.

FOOD/BEVERAGES: Light refreshments …

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WCHF Governor to give Presentation on Ding Darling

Professor Ben Sedinger, Kennedy-Grohne Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation in the UW-SP College of Natural Resources has asked WCHF Board of Governor member Tim Eisele to give a presentation on Ding Darling to his Wildlife class on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. You are welcome to sit in if you’d like to hear more about Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling, see his conservation cartoons and hear about the legacy he left.

Professor Sedinger sent directions:  “Tim’s talk will be in the Trainer Natural Resources building (TNR) in room #320 on October 2nd from 9:30-10:45am.  The room can seat about 40 people in addition to students in my class and I’m not sure how many extras are going to show up so I’d recommend telling folks …

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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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