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The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin was established 30 years ago to channel private support for public natural resources. In that time, our programs and projects have ranged from supporting trumpeter swan recovery to long-term restoration in places such as Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area, to connecting thousands of people to nature through our popular Field Trip Program. This year we’ll be looking back at all of our successes over the past three decades through a special series of e-blasts, a storymap, blog posts, field trips, our quarterly Bridges newsletter, social media and a number of regional events. We’ll also be looking forward at all the great success we expect in the next 30 years, not just for the Foundation, but for Wisconsin’s continued conservation legacy.

 You can learn more about our Foundation’s work over the last three decades here. Thank you to all of our members and partners who have helped us celebrate this milestone!
A special thank you the sponsors of our 30th anniversary:

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30th Anniversary blog posts:

A Tribute to 2016

A new year always offers a great opportunity to reflect and appreciate the fun, friends, and accomplishments of the past year. Looking back at 2016 we have much for which to be grateful....

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Reflecting on 30 years

By Carl Schwartz, steering committee chair for Bird City Wisconsin and board chair for the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. Anniversaries always offer a time for reflection—a chance to look back on where we have been and how our various relationships have evolved. In the 18 years since my...

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Two silent auction items for the birds (

By Rachel Hollingworth, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Tim Eisele, one of our own board members, has chosen to donate two silent auction items this year, including a birdhouse and a framed photo that comes with an International Crane Foundation Membership. The photo, pictured below, features the first Wisconsin whooping crane...

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Painting and positivity for our next 30

By Rachel Hollingworth, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin   Bruce Braun is a longtime member of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and has been a part of our board for over ten years. A photographer at heart, he began to also paint in the early 2000s. Our 30th anniversary...

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Investing in nature, and enjoying the re

By Dave Adam, NRF board member   To the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin family, The seeds of conservation and preservation were planted in me during my formative years while camping with my family in Columbia County just north of Madison. But it took a solo cross country bike ride...

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Painting for conservation

By Rachel Hollingworth, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin     Owen Gromme, hailed as the “Dean of U.S. Wildlife Artists,” had a longstanding presence in the State of Wisconsin as both an artist and an advocate for conservation. Born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in 1896, Gromme began his career...

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Aldo Leopold Nature Center: A true Wisco

By Rachel Hollingworth, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin When we began to spearhead our big 30th anniversary event, we knew that location was key. Finding a place that had an atmosphere encompassing the natural charm of Wisconsin and a central location for all of our members sent us on a...

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Crane watching: One of nature’s ma

By Ronald L. Semmann, founding Foundation board member   “What are we doing out here?” I asked my ecologically inquisitive wife as we stumbled along the rain-soaked dike, feeling the occasional impact of small chunks of hail. “Did we make a mistake signing up for this thing.” “It’s going to...

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Mercury no longer marring Wisconsin̵

By Molly Sequin   There’s something haunting about the beautiful call of a common loon. This sound, however, nearly vanished from Northern Wisconsin as a result of mercury and lead poisoning and hunting, all of which devastated loon populations starting in the late 1800s. Since then the federal government has...

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White trumpeter swans make an impressive

By Molly Sequin   Wisconsin has an astounding number of adult white trumpeter swans. These animals are the largest native waterfowl species in North America, and they’re quite the sight– beautiful white birds that stand five feet tall and weigh up to 35 pounds. As their name suggests, one sure...

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Discovering nature (and supporting conse

  Josh Mayer is a longtime Foundation member, and has allowed the Foundation to use his stunning photographs for pretty much every form of publication and outreach. For the Foundation’s 30th anniversary, he’s gone one step further and donated this image to be printed, framed and auctioned off at the...

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Origins: Creating the Wisconsin Natural

By Ronald L. Semmann, founding Foundation board member In 1986, a group of individuals associated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources embarked on a journey to seek alternative funding for its programs, supplementing the scarce and diminishing financial resources appropriated through legislated channels. This is the fascinating story of...

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A trip to Wyalusing State Park

By Cait Williamson, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin   Winter is a beautiful time to be outdoors. The quiet is wonderful for reflection, both personal and phenological.  I recently visited Wyalusing State Park, a gem in southwestern Wisconsin offering stunning views overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers....

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Quilting for conservation

By Diane Humphrey Lueck, chairwoman of the Foundation’s board of directors As a fundraiser for the Foundation’s 30th anniversary this year, the chairwoman of our board of directors, Diane Humphrey Lueck, is creating a quilt to be auctioned off or raffled. Here she talks about her quilting style, fabric choices...

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