2018 Inductees into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame

The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF) will honor four new leaders who have contributed much to Wisconsin’s Conservation Legacy. This year’s ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday April 14th at the Sentry Theater in Stevens Point. The public is invited.

The Inductees this year include: (1) a couple who have spent their lives as “Partners in Nature” protecting the natural heritage of Door County, (2) a Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources who never retired, and (3) an almost forgotten UW-Madison Wildlife Professor and philanthropist who contributed directly to Leopold’s Conservation Legacy.

1. Roy (1929-2016) and Charlotte (1944- ) Lukes

Door County naturalists, Roy and Charlotte Lukes, spent their lifetimes protecting the natural beauty of the peninsula and sharing its magic through their teachings, writings, and personal charm. As “Partners in Nature,” they build the Ridges Sanctuary into a center for conservation education, research, and advocacy. They educated and inspired citizens of Door County and the State through their many research efforts, lectures and nature walks, books and newspaper columns.

They were also instrumental in protecting many of the county’s most scenic gems and ecologically valuable habitats. Roy and Charlotte saw their scientific research on the flora and fauna of Door County as a cornerstone to their work in conservation related education, policy and public leadership.  In recognition of their lifelong collaboration, the couple received nearly thirty awards from numerous educational, literary, civic and environmental organizations.


2. George Meyer (1947 – )

A highly respected and influential Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, George Meyer was instrumental in creating and advancing major conservation and environmental policies affecting all of the State’s natural resources. During his three decade career with the DNR, Meyer worked on many of the most challenging, and often controversial, policy issues affecting Wisconsin.

In addition to his years in public service, Meyer spent much of his life promoting citizen participation and the advancement of conservation organizations. Since retiring from the DNR in 2002, Meyer has led the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, serving as its first Executive Director. With 200 affiliate organizations statewide, the Federation promotes sound resource management through its educational and advocacy programs. Throughout his career, he has been respected for his integrity, leadership, and unassuming personality. He has received many awards and much recognition for his contributions to conservation.


3. Arlie (Bill) Schorger (1884 – 1972)

As a man of many talents, Arlie (Bill) Schorger excelled as a chemist, inventor, businessman, and wildlife conservationist. In conservation circles he is most well known for his work as a nature historian and for his books on the life histories of Wisconsin’s Wildlife and man’s impact on them. His 1955 award winning book, The Passenger Pigeon: Its Natural History and Extinction helped advance a global concern for wildlife management, biodiversity and the new field of conservation biology.

He became a Professor of Wildlife Management after retiring from his business career in paper chemistry and devoted the rest of his productive life to advancing conservation through his research and writings. As a personal friend of Aldo Leopold, he also played a pivotal role in launching Leopold’s career and conservation legacy.

He was also known for his public service, philanthropy, and leadership in state and national conservation organizations. He served on the Wisconsin State Conservation Commission (now the Wisconsin DNR Board) and as President of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Art and Letters.  As a philanthropist, he contributed to many conservation, literary and civic programs.


Induction Ceremony Details

The Induction Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Sentry Theater in Stevens Point. A coffee reception at 9 a.m. will precede the Ceremony. The Luncheon is at 12:30 p.m. at the nearby Sentry World Center. The Induction Ceremony and Coffee Reception are free and open to the public. The Ceremony includes tributes by invited speakers and presentation of recognition plaques which will be displayed in the WCHF Visitor Center in Schmeeckle Reserve.

Reservations for lunch ($25 per person) may be made online at Eventbrite or by calling Schmeeckle Reserve at 715-346-4992.


For questions:

Joe Passineau, WCHF President
Email: jpassine@uwsp.edu
Phone: 715-677-4047
WCHF Website