Monthly Archives: January 2015

Building an environmental ethic: A Q&A with Michael Williamson

The Foundation is thrilled to have Michael Williamson on our board. Williamson has served as deputy secretary for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the director of the North Carolina Retirement System and deputy director of the District of Columbia Retirement Board. We recently sat down with the former University of Wisconsin-Madison administrator to talk to him about what he cherishes most about Wisconsin’s wildlife and public lands, and what he hopes to accomplish with...

Paul Brandt’s Lower Wisconsin Riverway Fund continues to shape and restore the riverway

In 2005, Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Paul Brandt established the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Fund with the Foundation. Since its creation, the fund has been used to manage and restore the beautiful Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, an area that Brandt was instrumental in creating. Brandt died in 2006. It starts with a personal connection “Paul Brandt was one the most dedicated state employees I’ve ever encountered,” says Mark Cupp, executive director of the...

The Ghosts of Quincy Bluff and Wetlands State Natural Area

Quincy Bluff and Wetlands State Natural Area is haunted by ghosts. That was my impression even before I first visited the 6,600-acre state property. The afternoon before my trip, I had spoken to Stan Temple, professor emeritus of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and he told me about the gruesome scene that played out at Quincy Bluff in 1871: “That year a major portion of all the passenger pigeons in the world nested...

Setting Conservation Priorities for State Natural Areas

At the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin we dedicate our efforts to supporting restoration work at many of Wisconsin’s 673 State Natural Areas. We recognize that some sites need more work than others and we want to make sure that we live up to our commitment to protect the most imperiled lands, waters, and wildlife in Wisconsin. In order to do that, we partner with the Department of Natural Resources and other stakeholders to set our...