Speakers and Guests: (Updated Daily!)

Visit with these groups and others to learn more about what they are doing to protect the waters of Wisconsin:

- Central Sands Water Action Coalition                                         - Wisconsin Lakes

- River Alliance of Wisconsin                                                         - Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network

- H.O.M.E.S.                                                                                  - Crawford Stewardship Project

- Illinois Citizens for Clean Air and Water                                      - PEW Charitable Trusts   
- Socially Responsible Ag Project                                                 - Kewaunee CARES  
- Friends of the Little Plover                                                          - Clean Water Action Council

- Midwest Environmental Defense Center                                    - Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

- Friends of the Central Sands                                                      - Wisconsin Environment     

- People Empowered Protect the Land (PEPL)                            - Wisconsin Wetlands Association

- Wisconsin Farmers Union                                                          - Sierra Club, John Muir Chapter

Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change

Who is Aldo Leopold?

Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. As a U.S. forester, he was instrumental in the creation of our first federally designated wilderness in the Gila National Forest.

In 1935, he and his family initiated an ecological restoration experiment on a worn-out farm along the Wisconsin River outside of Baraboo, Wisconsin where they planted thousands o
f pine trees, and restored prairies.

A little more than a year after his death in 1948 Leopold’s collection of essays
A Sand County Almanac was published. With over two million copies sold, it is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published, and Leopold has come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the twentieth century. Leopold’s legacy continues to inform and inspire us to see the natural world “as a community to which we belong.” 

Bringing Aldo Leopold to Life: Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change is a one-man play written by and starring storyteller Jim Pfitzer.
Set in one evening in and around the famous Wisconsin Shack that inspired much of his writing, A Standard of Change explores the influences and challenges that led Aldo Leopold to penning his widely popular book A Sand County Almanac.

As the lights come up, Leopold walks up the path. It has been 64 years since his death, and as many years since he has seen his now historic Shack. Awaiting him are surprises, memories, emotions, and stories to be shared. Leopold invites his audience to join him as he reacquaints himself with his beloved landscape, remembers influential friends and family, quotes from some of his most important writings, and ponders his legacy.

"A Standard of Change brings Leopold's life and vision of a Land Ethic into the present and looks to the future for audiences both new to Leopold and those that have long looked to him and A Sand County Almanac for guidance and inspiration!" -Buddy Huffaker, Executive Director Aldo Leopold Foundation 

Elward Engle - Elward, who began an impressive career with the Wisconsin DNR as a Real Estate Specialist in the 1950s, is credited by landowners, farmers, DNR board members, land trusts, and agency colleagues as one of the most hard-working and humble of land champions.  During his career with DNR and continuing through today, he has been an invaluable part of protecting some of northeast Wisconsin’s most significant natural treasures.
Lynn Henning - Lynn has emerged as a leading voice calling on state and federal authorities to hold livestock factory farms accountable for their pollution.  For her success, persistence, and immeasurable bravery, Henning has been awarded the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize and was recently featured in O’ Magazine and recent guest on Real Time with Bill Maher.  With her husband, she farms 300-acres of corn and soybeans in Lenawee County, MI within 10 miles of 12 CAFO facilities. Her mother-in-law and father-in-law, both in their 80s, lived within 1000 feet of a CAFO operation, and have both been diagnosed with hydrogen sulfide poisoning beginning her crusade to hold CAFOs accountable.
John Ikerd - Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, John was raised on a small dairy farm in southwest Missouri and he received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time, with a large meat packing company, and spent thirty years in various professorial positions at major state universities in North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Georgia before retiring from the University of Missouri in early 2000. He spend the first half of his academic career as a livestock marketing specialist and the later half on issues related to sustainable agriculture. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues relate to the sustainability of agriculture. Over the past 20-years, Dr. Ikerd has met with community members concerned about concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in sixteen states, four Canadian provinces, and most recently, in Wales of the UK. “His truth” concerning the impacts of CAFOs on rural communities is based on research from wide variety of sources and his experiences in rural communities listening to arguments presented by those on both sides of this controversial issue. Ikerd is author of five books: Sustainable Capitalism, A Return to Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture, and Essentials of Economic Sustainability.
Justin Isherwood - Justin's family has been farming in Wisconsin since 1832, and they have been living on the current Isherwood Farm since 1852. Justin is also an accomplished author who has published many books and short stories, among them Book of Plough: Essays on the Virtue of Farm, Family & the Rural Life; Farm Kid: Tales of Growing Up in Rural America; and Ring Them Bells: A Mid-State Poetry Towers Collection. Justin writes, grows vegetables, and taps maple trees on his family farm in Plover, Wisconsin, near the Buena Vista Marsh. Justin won the Robert Gard Wisconsin Idea Foundation award for literature with his first novel, The Farm West of Mars. His work has appeared in Audubon, Harrowsmith, Country Life, and the Wall Street Journal.
Paul Johnson - Paul and his family have owned and operated Oneota Slopes Farm near Decorah, Iowa since 1974. Their operation has involved dairy, corn, soybeans, hay, beef cattle, sheep, and Christmas trees. Mr. Johnson served three terms in the Iowa State Legislature from 1984-1990, and was Chief of the Soil Conservation Service (now the Natural Resources Conservation Service) at USDA from 1993-1997. He served as the Director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources from 1999-2000. Mr. Johnson earned a BS (1966) and MS (1969) in Forestry from the University of Michigan and conducted doctoral research in tropical forest ecology in Costa Rica. He holds an honorary doctorate from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana from 1962-1964. Mr. Johnson served two terms on the National Research Council's Board on Agriculture from 1988-1993 where he reviewed the NRC report on Alternative Agriculture and took part in the development of the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program. Mr. Johnson served as an ex-officio member on the Committee on Long Range Soil and Water Conservation Policy from 1990-93 and helped implement many of its recommendations while Chief of NRCS.
George Kraft - Dr. Kraft is a Professor of Water Resources, Director of the Center for Watershed Science and Education, and Director of the Central Wisconsin Groundwater Center. He holds appointments with both the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point College of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin – Extension. Dr. Kraft’s position is largely dedicated to serving the citizens, businesses, and governments of Wisconsin. He is passionate about outreach in the Wisconsin Idea tradition: “the boundaries of the University are the boundaries of the state.” Dr. Kraft’s outreach involvement includes modernizing Wisconsin’s groundwater pumping management policy and laws, nitrate and pesticide pollution issues, and assisting stewardship groups organize and managing their water resources. Dr. Kraft’s research interests revolve about questions of water resource sustainability, particularly about questions about profitable agriculture and water impacts. His non-work interests include community involvement, gardening, canoeing, backpacking, fishing, and aerobic sports, especially cross-country ski racing. He has completed 17 Birkebeiner ski races and finishes (sometimes!) in the elite group.
Jamie Saul - Jamie Saul is an environmental attorney with McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC in Madison, Wisconsin.  His practice focuses on implementation and enforcement of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and related state laws to protect the environment.  He has represented individuals and public-interest organizations in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in several states.  He is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the Northern District of Illinois, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Jamie graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School (Portland, Ore.) in 2007 with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.  While in law school Jamie clerked with the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, the Seattle office of Earthjustice, and the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center.  He was the recipient of the law school’s Environmental Leadership Award, was Articles Editor for the journal Environmental Law, and was a finalist at the 2007 National Environmental Moot Court Competition.  After earning his law degree Jamie worked for three years with Midwest Environmental Advocates, a public interest environmental law center in Madison, and then as a sole practitioner before joining McGillivray Westerberg & Bender in March of 2011.  Jamie currently serves as the Legal Chair for the Sierra Club’s John Muir Chapter and is a founding board member of the Midwest Environmental Defense Center.


Lindsay Wood Davis -  Lindsay is a management and sales consultant by occupation and a paddler by avocation. He operates Broadcast Management Strategies in Monona, Wisconsin. Lindsay is a member of a three-generation Radio family, and combines more than 40 years in Radio with an extensive academic background in how organizations work. In a parallel life, Lindsay has a four-decade history as an environmental activist, with a particular focus on water issues. He is a former Chair and now emeritus board member of the River Alliance of Wisconsin. He has paddled more than 100 rivers and streams in Wisconsin.
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