Governor Doyle Receives First Knowles-Nelson Leadership Award

The Nature Conservancy Applauds Governor Doyle's Leadership in Reauthorizing the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund

MADISON, WI | January 31, 2008

The Nature Conservancy announced Thursday that it recognized Governor Doyle’s efforts in conservation over the past year by awarding him the inaugural Knowles-Nelson Leadership Award.

“We would like to honor and thank Governor Jim Doyle for his outstanding leadership in the reauthorization of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund,” said Steve Bablitch, the board chairman for The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin. “Governor Doyle, like Governors Nelson and Knowles, is intensely aware that our land and our water define us as a state and are central to our way of life.”

The Stewardship Fund is a state lands conservation program established in 1990 to protect natural areas, water quality, wildlife habitat, parks and recreational lands. Governor Doyle led efforts during the recent state budget session to ensure that the program is reauthorized through the year 2020.

“During Governor Doyle’s tenure he has proven time and again his commitment to preserving the Stewardship Fund,” said Bablitch. “It is only fitting that he be recognized with the first-ever Knowles-Nelson Leadership Award.”

The Conservancy presented Doyle with the award at its quarterly Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday at its office in Madison.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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