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Why I Give

Art Dahl focuses his giving on an Idaho location that holds a special place in his heart.

After becoming a part-time resident of Idaho's Wood River Valley in 1997, Art Dahl visited the Conservancy's Silver Creek Nature Preserve many times to go fishing, and in the winter, snow shoeing. He eventually set down roots in 2004 and sought out ways to give back more than just money.


Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?

Art Dahl:

All of my financial gifts are earmarked for the Conservancy's Silver Creek Nature Preserve. And all my volunteer work takes place at the Preserve as well. I love the selfless way it is managed, the diversity of it's wildlife, the curiosity of its guests and what I learn from their questions. I also love duck hunting on the Preserve in the fall and winter.


What is your favorite place in nature?

Art Dahl:

I don't think I can narrow it down to just one! I love the sunrise from a duck blind on the point at the Preserve. I also enjoy the highest spot on Blaine County's Green Horn Loop trail in a mid-day run during fall colors. And then there's starting down from the top of Sun Valley's Baldy Mountain at 3:00 when most of the skiers are off the hill . . . to name just a few.


Tell us about your favorite memory or experience in nature.

Art Dahl:

It was probably completing the Top of Utah Marathon in the mountains just outside of Logan, Utah in 2011.


What is your holiday wish for nature?

Art Dahl:

My wish is that all of us do what we can to preserve nature for our kids and grand kids. The Silver Creek Nature Preserve and the Purdy family are doing just that right now with a major stream restoration project.

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