A lot of people like Dolly Sods. It was Carl Dahlke’s favorite place on Earth.
Each contributor to The Nature Conservancy has a story about why they give back to nature—to leave a legacy, to support our mission, to help protect our world.
For Clare Feinson, it's about honoring her loved one.
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Dolly Sods. It was Carl Dahlke’s favorite place on Earth.
In life, Carl retreated to Dolly Sods whenever he had the chance, says Clare Feinson, Carl’s partner of nearly 30 years, and his frequent companion to Dolly Sods.
Carl spent part of his youth in southern West Virginia, where his father was a college instructor, but didn’t start started going to Dolly Sods until the mid-70s when he moved to Washington D.C., Clare says. “Later on I began joining him on backpacking trips.”
By the time Carl passed away in 2010, he’d spent more than three decades falling in love with Dolly Sods. During that same time, The Nature Conservancy was helping to protect some 25,000 acres of his favorite corner of the world.
“We were so happy to know that the Conservancy was working there, and that the land would be protected for all of time,” says Clare, who upon Carl’s death made a generous gift to the Conservancy in his honor which qualified for the Frances Hamilton White 50th Anniversary Match.
Clare’s tribute gift helps to ensure that future generations will be able to explore the lands she and Carl valued so much during their time together.