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Hub Vogelmann Dies

Co-Founder of the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Hub Vogelmann has passed away, but his legacy lives on

October 13, 2013

VT-S-Hub Vogelmann

This weekend, we lost a force of nature in Vermont; a man whose strength of will, focus, and passion for the outdoors helped to protect the very landscape we see every day. Hubert W. "Hub" Vogelmann was the driver behind The Nature Conservancy’s Vermont Chapter, and of its pre-1979 land conservation work. He founded the Field Naturalist program at the University of Vermont, through which he taught his belief that a field naturalist with an integrated view of the world and the ability to convey that to the common man can do more than a ream of scientific reports alone could ever do. Hub laid the groundwork for a large portion of the conservation work currently being done in Vermont, including his ground breaking work on the effects of acid rain on the Green Mountains.

“He was the spark plug,” said Bob Klein, who became the state’s first director of The Nature Conservancy in 1979 and worked closely with Hub for decades. “By studying the effects of acid rain on Camel’s Hump, he amassed hard data about a real thing from a real place that we all cared about. He wasn’t just describing someone else’s work.” Hub co-founded the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, working tirelessly out of boxes in his office at the University of Vermont for many years.
Hub believed in the power of story. He knew the value of natural areas for research and education, and undertook the first ecological inventories in Vermont. His two landmark reports on Vermont Natural Areas helped guide The Nature Conservancy’s early conservation work. Though he will be greatly missed, his legacy lives on in the documents, students and organizations he fledged.
A memorial service for Hub will be held on Saturday, October 19th at The University of Vermont’s Ira Allen Chapel, at 1:00pm.

View Free Press Article

See Bryan Pfeifffer's Tribute

Read about Hub on the Vermont Public Radio's Website

Bob Klein's Words at Hub's Memorial Service

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