Wisconsin Hall of Fame Foundation Recognizes Conservationists

Wisconsin has historically pioneered new concepts and ideas. A number of progressive steps toward the conservation of natural resources have originated in Wisconsin, including: the first rural zoning law in the U.S., the first pilot soil conservation demonstration project in the U.S., the first general conservation curriculum started by Fred Schmeeckle, and the first bond issue for outdoor recreation.

These progressive ideas and programs have been accomplished through the continuing efforts of leaders in the conservation field. These individuals have exhibited wisdom, foresight and perseverance, and have gained support of the Wisconsin citizens.

The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame and Hall of Fame Foundation have been established to permanently recognize the people who have made contributions in resource management. The Hall of Fame shall encourage citizens to involve themselves in efforts to manage resources effectively and beneficially promote an interest in conservation among Wisconsin youth and to encourage continued education about conservation issues so they inspire leadership in future resource conservation efforts.

The Annual Induction Ceremony

The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) Foundation holds an annual Induction Ceremony typically on a Saturday nearest the national Earth Day celebration. Conservation leaders to be inducted are announced mid-January of the year of induction. See WCHF Blog.

The coffee reception before, the Induction  Ceremony and the luncheon that follows is typically held in the Atrium at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Specific details and registration information will follow the mid-January announcement. Please see WCHF Blog. The public is invited.

Read the bios of past inductees below.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Click the name of any inductee below for full information:

Learn about Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame inductees through the history of Horicon Marsh. The WCHF and Schmeeckle Visitor Center includes a sunlit gallery displaying the recognition plaques of the inductees.