Celebration of a Conservation Hero May 20 at Wyalusing State Park

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BAGLEY, Wis. – The life and legacy of a state wildlife manager who was instrumental in establishing the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway will be honored with a “Celebration of a Conservation Hero” at Wyalusing State Park on Tuesday, May 20.

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and Department of Natural Resources will honor Paul Brandt, a DNR wildlife biologist who passed away unexpectedly in 2006 at age 60 after serving for more than 30 years at Boscobel.

Brandt was one of the major proponents of establishing the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. He left an astonishing legacy to support conservation along the 92-mile recreational corridor – in perpetuity.

Shortly after his retirement, Brandt created the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Fund with a $25,000 endowment to support habitat management on public land. And just recently, foundation officials learned that he had left additional money from his estate, raising the total gift to over $600,000.

“We will salute a real conservation hero, Paul Brandt, for his lifelong dedication to the Lower Wisconsin Riverway and for his wonderful legacy gift that will support this important landscape,” said Charles Luthin, Natural Resources Foundation executive director.

The day’s events, beginning at 1 p.m. in the park’s Peterson Shelter, include a reception and presentation by Brandt family members and his colleagues. Guests will then be invited to honor his life and legacy at a dedication and placement of a stone memorial at the Millville Unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, established in 1989, encompasses 79,275 acres, extending 92.3 miles from below the dam at Prairie du Sac to the confluence with the Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien. The riverway is administered by the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board, composed local residents and local elected officials from along the riverway. More information is available on the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Web site at [lwr.state.wi.us] (exit DNR).

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is a 501c-3 non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. For more than twenty years, the Foundation has worked with citizens, businesses, non-profits and the government to promote the protection and enjoyment of Wisconsin’s public lands, waters and wildlife. More information about the foundation is available on their Web site at [www.nrfwis.org] (exit DNR).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Potter, director of communications, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, 608-261-4384 or Greg Matthews, DNR regional public affairs manager, Fitchburg, 608-275-3317