“All these issues converged in the mountains of Western Mexico 30 years ago in a story that was initiated in large part because Iltis had annoyed a botanist at the University of Guadalajara. It’s a story Iltis never tired of telling, and it reflects his infectious enthusiasm for the natural world, the key roles of chance and perseverance, and a deep knowledge of plant biology and relationships.”
We were pleased to have the Sauk County Conservation Chronicle September 2017 newsletter reprint the WCHF monograph on Milly Zantow. Milly’s married life brought her to North Freedom and Sauk County where she was inspired to launch the recycling revolution in Wisconsin and the nation.
“Milly lived a life of service and giving back. She was a pioneer in plastics recycling, and a fervent disciple of municipal waste recycling.” (Sauk County Conservation Chronicle)
Olive studied at UW-Madison with famed botanist Norman C Fassett, where she also worked in the Herbarium. In 1976 she revised and updated Fassett’s Spring flora of Wisconsin by adding keys, descriptions and more sketches.
Olive was a dedicated botanist and conservationist who was among the first in the State to work on prairie restoration. Olive conceived the idea for a Prairie Heritage Trail along county Highway JG south of Mt Horab. The trail was dedicated by Dane county for permanent protection and received a National Bicentennial Award.
She and her husband, Professor John Thomson who has also been nominated to the WCHF, partnered with The Nature Conservancy to create the Thomson Memorial Prairie in honor of their son Douglas. The land encompasses 323 acres of remnant dry prairie near Mt Horeb. In 1985 they were joint recipients of the Gulf Oil Conservation Award.
This notice submitted by Zaiga Freivalds, CNRA Secretary
We are saddened to report that WCHF Executive Secretary Earl Spangenberg died Tuesday, September 18, 2017. The funeral will be at 3:00 pm on Friday, September 23, 2017 at 900 Brilowski Road at the Episcopal Church of the Intercession and the Redeemer Lutheran Church. The church is located behind Fleet Farm in Stevens Point. The visitation will start at 1:00 pm.
In announcing Earls’ passing, WCHF President Joe Passineau wrote:
“The Hall of Fame was one of his great passions. He contributed so much over the past 35 years as a Member of the Board and the Executive Committee, and through his leadership as President and recently as Executive Secretary. We will miss him. I enjoyed working with him over these many years.
I last saw Earl just a month ago, at the August 15th WCHF Board of Governors meeting at the Schmeeckle Reserve. As always, he was excited to learn about new nominations to the WCHF and looked forward to next Spring’s Induction Ceremony.”
2017 WCHF Inductee Christine Thomas and Dean of Resource Management, Department of Natural Resources, UW-SP wrote:
“I have known Earl since 1978. I was one of his hydrology students. He served on my graduate committee. Earl was one of the most caring teachers I ever knew. His primary discipline was water. He was also a forester and participated in that discipline as well. The groundwater model was developed by AWRA student chapter while Earl was the advisor. He was a rock in the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame. He loved music.”
Note: AWRA stands for American Water Resource Association. Earl started the first student chapter of AWRA at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and guided the chapter to create, market and sell groundwater models that are used all over the country today.
As noted in the Obituary, the funeral will be on Friday afternoon at 3:00, with visitation beginning at 1:00 at the Episcopal – Lutheran Community Church in Stevens Point (at 900 Brilowski Road, behind Fleet Farm).
The family has asked that donations, in memory of Earl, be sent to: