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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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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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 Museum Receives Donation of Owen Gromme Print

WCHF Museum Receives Donation of Owen Gromme Print

We are delighted to send our thanks out to the WCHF Board Member organization Citizens Natural Resources Association (CNRA) for their gift of an Owen Gromme print entitled “Requiem Horicon Marsh: 1916-1976,” and also to Donna and John VanBuecken for framing the print. Donna is Vice President and currently Acting President of WCHF. The print hangs in the Wisconsin Heroes display in the WCHF Conservation History Museum in the Wisconsin’s Heroes display.

Owen Gromme (1896-1991), a 1994 inductee of the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, was a renowned wildlife artist and conservationist. He created this painting for CNRA to protest the damage he believed the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were causing to Horicon Marsh during the mid-1970s. …

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