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The Buehrles: Raising Future Stewards of the Earth

Menomonee Falls couple wants to make a difference in lives of their children and all children.

Karen and Dan Buehrle have fond memories of spending time outdoors when they were young. Karen remembers hiking at Pike Lake State Park near Hartland where she grew up. Dan’s memories include hunting and fishing with his dad in the mountains near Tucson, Arizona.

“I am drawn to nature today because of the happy memories I have of being outdoors with family when I was growing up,” Karen said. “Dan and I want to pass that on to our children—Cassidy, Christian and Sasha— in hopes that it will inspire them to be good stewards of the earth.”

About five years ago, the Buehrles were looking for a conservation organization to support, and Karen found The Nature Conservancy. They decided to include the Conservancy in their estate plans not long afterward.

“I like the way the Conservancy educates people about the importance of the land and then works with them to protect it,” Karen commented.

Dan is a financial planner, and over the years he has helped many people decide what type of legacy they want to leave.

“I’ve seen the kind of legacies people can create with good planning,” he said, “and it’s pretty powerful. We hope that our legacy will be to make the world a better place not only for our children but all children.”

“Our children are also part of our legacy,” Karen adds. “We’re raising them to love nature and take care of it. And, we hope they will share their love of nature with others and continue what we have started.”

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