Foundation celebrates emeritus board member’s induction into Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame

Dodgeville resident Dave Ladd honored for long tradition of conservation leadership


The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin celebrated the induction of Dave Ladd, an early founding member of the Foundation, into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this morning, July 10. The celebration took place at Ladd’s home in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.

“Mr. Ladd’s contributions to the conservation community in Wisconsin are innumerable,” said Camille Zanoni, Foundation development director. “His impact on our lands, waters and wildlife will be felt for generations to come.”

Ladd was officially inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame May 2, 2015. This morning the Foundation and others presented Ladd with his Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame plaque and Legislative proclamation. Avid outdoorsman, conservationist, lover of trees and co-founding member of the Foundation, Ladd founded Walnut Hollow, Inc., a forest-products business in Dodgeville that promotes environmentally sustainable forest and industry practices.

Ladd’s life-long contributions to conservation extend beyond his business. Ladd helped found the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, was a founding member of the Southwest chapter of Trout Unlimited, served on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress for more than 40 years and chaired a Blue Ribbon task force of the Wisconsin Stewardship Program.

“Few people have had the extensive involvement in Wisconsin’s conservation landscape as has Dave Ladd,” said Foundation board member Ron Semmann. “His leadership in a variety of environmental programs at the state and local level has been remarkable and has left a strong imprint in Wisconsin. Dave has earned the respect and admiration of the Conservation Congress, the Department of Natural Resources and countless conservation organizations for his role in the Stewardship program, the Foundation’s C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program, the wood and timber industry programs, and so many more.”

The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame and Visitor Center in Stevens Point was established in 1985 to advance Wisconsin’s legacy of conservation and recognizes 86 state leaders. Ladd was one of three individuals inducted this year.

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Photo (left to right): Jim McCaulley, Dave Ladd, Ron Semmann, Ruth Oppedahl (photo courtesy of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin)

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Lindsay Renick Mayer
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
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