Giving a Voice to the Land for Over 50 Years

Howard & Nancy Mead, the winners of this year’s Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award, have been an active and abiding presence in Wisconsin’s conservation community for more than 50 years. As the publishers of ‘Wisconsin Trails’ from 1961 to 1998 they specialized in helping others tell their stories about special places and people in Wisconsin — which, in turn, that helped others to learn more about the land and how they might care for it.

Howard and Nancy on their 55th Aniversary

In addition to educating the public about the richness of Wisconsin’s resources and heritage through ‘Wisconsin Trails’ magazine, they have been extremely active in numerous conservation organizations throughout the state. Howard and Nancy were instrumental in the founding of the Sandy County Foundation, the Leopold Memorial Reserve, and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center and work closely with many other organizations (including serving on the board of GWC for many year!)

It has been said that on a good day, conservationists provide voices for the land itself. Howard and Nancy Mead have spent more than 50 years speaking for the land with eloquence, passion and commitment. They have given people the chance to form a bond with nature through the stories that they share and have been responsible for enlisting hundreds of citizens to the cause of conservation.

Please join us in celebrating and honoring the Meads’ many achievements at our annual Land Conservation Leadership Awards Ceremony on September 26th at the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI.