The Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame (WCHF), the only such Hall of Fame in the USA is inducting Hugh Iltis this year. Hugh was a major force in a number of conservation endeavors in Wisconsin, and was also called upon by Wild Ones to share his knowledge of botany during the early days of its formation. His technical bulletin Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora published in 2000 is still being used today.
In 1960, Hugh co-founded The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin and championed its efforts to protect natural areas by serving on its Board, providing technical and scientific advice on acquisitions, and working with landowners to protect some of Wisconsin’s most unique ecosystems such as the Baraboo Hills and Chiwaukee Prairie. He was a collaborator with Lorrie Otto and many other conservationists to ban DDT in Wisconsin and in America. During much of his time at UW-Madison’s Botany Department, Hugh was the Director of the UW Herbarium. [Read more…]