This event celebrates Wisconsin's conservation leaders, who help protect the places we love, so they will be here for future generations to benefit from. All photos by Althea Dotzour Photography.
The event is always a great opportunity to catch up with and meet fellow supporters of Land Conservation from all over the State.
Before the Awards presentation began guests mingled with good company while enjoying tasty hors d'oeuvres, and refreshing drinks!
All guests were assigned a personal bidding number and were able to bid on various items generously donated by businesses and individuals.
The awards honor the power of committed citizens and offer inspiring examples of conservation success.
Representatives Amy Loudenbeck (R- Clinton), Joel Kitchens (R- Sturgeon Bay), and Todd Novak (R- Dodgeville) championed the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program in the last state budget – vocally supporting Stewardship with members of their caucus and actively participating in a working group that successfully negotiated a compromise restoring Stewardship funding to $33 million per year.
The commitment to protect the places that make Wisconsin special is inspirational to us all!
Conservationist of the Year, Dan Burke has been helping Door County Land Trust become a treasured and highly respected institution for nearly 20 years. Under his leadership, DCLT has preserved over 7,000 acres of land in one of the state’s most beautiful and ecologically diverse counties, Door County!
Recipient of the Award for Working Lands Preservation, Don Hawkins of Mineral Point, Wisconsin spent 32 years as an exemplary teacher of agriculture at Mineral Point High before retiring to become a shining example of community engagement.
Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Harold Friestad. Through his leadership, Kishwauketoe remains the largest intact wetland on Geneva Lake, moderating flood flow, improving water quality, recharging ground water, and housing a variety of plants and animals—all while providing recreational, educational, and scientific opportunities.
Bur Zeratsky President, and Thomas Eddy VP represented Green Lake Conservancy in receiving the Land Trust of the Year Award.
GLC is an important partner in a collective and strategic effort to preserve and protect Big Green Lake in Green Lake (Wisconsin) which is the deepest natural inland lake and a magnificent natural resource for the surrounding community and beyond!
All of our award winners were far deserving of a standing ovation!
From all of us at Gathering Waters: Thank you to everyone for making this year's celebration a success!