Meta Reigel Brandt Receives 2022 Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award

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Gathering Waters is proud to present Meta Reigel Brandt with the 2022 Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award. Meta received her award on Friday, June 10, 2022 at the Northwoods Land Trust Annual Meeting.

Meta truly has devoted her lifetime to environmental conservation. She spent over 35 years working in environmental education at nature centers and as a faculty member at UW-Stevens Point. She also served as Administrative Director for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. She has been an active board member at a variety of environmental organizations, including Northwoods Land Trust from 2005 to 2021.

Meta’s family lands in Springstead include 195 acres with shoreline access to Lower Springstead Lake and Springstead Creek. She permanently conserved her property with a conservation easement through Northwoods Land Trust in 2005.

When she joined the Board, Northwoods Land Trust had just completed its 18th conservation easement, protecting a little less than 2,000 acres of private land. Today, the land trust protects over 14,500 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife habitat.

Meta continues to be a strong advocate for protecting private lands in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

She has had an enormously positive influence in her community and has inspired others to conserve lands for future generations.

About the Land Conservation Leadership Awards

The Land Conservation Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of people who devote their time and talents to protecting Wisconsin’s land, water, and wildlife. The awards are presented annually to conservation leaders by Gathering Waters.

About the Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award

The Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a committed conservation professional or volunteer who has devoted their time, talents, and energy in support of land preservation over their lifetime, as demonstrated through extraordinary land conservation projects or other accomplishments that have permanently safeguarded Wisconsin’s natural treasures.