Saturday, April 25th, 2020 - 9:00am

NOTE- this event has been postponed.  Hope to reschedule.  Be safe, wash your hands, and social distance (go fish !)


The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) celebrates the year of its 100th Inductee on April 25, 2020, in the Atrium at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The public is invited to attend the 36th annual ceremony to join in celebrating three conservation leaders.


• Stephen Born, a well-known UW-Madison professor who specialized in environmental planning and worked on almost every aspect of water management, the Great Lakes, inland lakes, groundwater, rivers and watersheds, in addition to loving all things trout.


• Jens Jensen, a landscape architect of the Upper Midwest who developed public parks, preserves, and private estates, focusing on indigenous plants and the location’s ecological features, who also founded the “school of the soil” in Door County known as The Clearing.


• Stanley Temple, a UW-Madison professor who studied endangered birds, habitat fragmentation, invasive species and other factors leading to species declines, and now serves as a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, researching, writing and speaking about Aldo Leopold.


This year’s event reception begins at 9:00 a.m., ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m., and luncheon begins at 1:00 p.m. The reception and ceremony are free; tickets for the luncheon must be purchased by April 10th. More information and registration are available at:


While in Stevens Point, attendees of the induction ceremony are invited to visit the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Conservation History Museum and Inductee Gallery in the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center at 2419 North Point Drive in Stevens Point. Admission is free. The Visitor Center also features a Gift Shop, bird viewing area and five miles of trails.


The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame was established in 1985 to showcase the conservation legacy of the state. The inductees have made valuable contributions to conservation throughout their professional and private lives. WCHF President, Patty Dreier, remarks, “Wisconsin is proud of its conservation heritage which makes it even more significant and exciting that we are reaching a milestone of our 100th Inductee this year.”


A bit more on TU's Stephen Born:


Stephen Born (1940 - )
Stephen Born is a well-known University of Wisconsin-Madison professor who specialized in environmental planning and worked on almost every aspect of water management, in addition to loving all things trout. His impact on conservation in Wisconsin and beyond is broad and varied. Of himself he has said “I have always been haunted by water, and I think some of us are genetically encoded to love water…”


Dr. Born studied at the Universities of Illinois and Oregon before earning his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the UW faculty in Madison in 1969, holding positions in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Institute for Environmental Studies. In the mid-1970s, Dr. Born took a leave of absence from academia to serve in Wisconsin’s state government as Director of the State Planning Office and State Energy Director.


Dr. Born was dedicated to both academic research and applied practice. Professor Born was an exceptional teacher and his students today play important roles in public sector resource management, nonprofit conservation advocacy, and private sector sustainability efforts. He played many key roles in policy development on Wisconsin’s groundwater management, lakes policy, river restoration and coastal resources. He was an early advocate of integrated resources management and his work is still cited today. His publications and activities illustrate his talent for devising practical solutions to watershed problems and development of conservation strategies.


Dr. Born’s contributions include co-chairing the Waters of Wisconsin Initiative of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He was a chief advisor to former Governor Patrick Lucey on the decision not to dam the Kickapoo River, which lead to the creation of the 8,500-acre Kickapoo Reserve. And he served on Governor Tommy Thompson’s Blue Ribbon Stewardship Task Force, leading to a significant bi-partisan land protection program in Wisconsin.


Dr. Born has played major roles in non-governmental conservation organizations including the River Alliance of Wisconsin and the 1000 Friends of Wisconsin. This aspect of his work may best be illustrated by his extensive involvement in Trout Unlimited, where he served in many state and national senior leadership roles. His influential efforts brought sophisticated strategic planning to Trout Unlimited, while at the same time enhancing the role and influence of its grassroots volunteers.


An intrepid angler, he is also co-author of “Exploring Wisconsin Trout Streams: The Anglers Guide,” a seminal work which focuses not only on where to fish, but also stream ecology and protection of cold-water resources.


Dr. Born excelled in bringing people with differing views and ideologies together to forge unified and strong coalitions to protect Wisconsin’s natural resources. And since he continues to serve non-profit groups as a board member or volunteer, his resume and influence continues to grow.

Quotes about Stephen Born:

“His contributions, like the guidance he provided as a teacher, have shaped the lands and waters of our state in critical ways, even as they have rippled out far beyond Wisconsin.” - Curt Meine

“His common sense for the dimensions and framework on which public policy should be based are unrivaled.” - John J. Magnuson

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