Nature Conservancy Welcomes Four New Board Members

Trustees Will Help Conserve Wisconsin’s Lands and Waters

MADISON, WI | October 17, 2016

The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce that four new trustees have joined its Wisconsin Board of Trustees and will help lead the Conservancy’s efforts to conserve the state’s forests, lakes, rivers, prairies and wetlands over the next three years.

Chris Noyes of River Falls is a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors at Godfrey & Kahn, based in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Corporate Practice Group and served as its Chair for almost 20 years. Noyes’ practice encompasses general corporate, corporate governance, securities and corporate finance issues.

Noyes graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1984, and cum laude from Williams College in 1979. He has been a board member of and held leadership positions with several charitable organizations over the years, including the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Fox Point Lutheran Church and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.

Earlier this month, Noyes’ conservation efforts were honored by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, which bestowed him with its inaugural Green Tie Award. A commitment to conservation runs in Noyes’ family. His grandfather was leading Wisconsin conservationist Haskell “Hack” Noyes. Chris serves as president and a director of the Noyes family lodge on the Brule River, which has been enjoyed since the early 1880s by seven generations of his family.

Martha Luber Pelrine of Little Sister Bay and her family worked closely with the Conservancy to conserve St. Martin Island, which is located about five miles from Washington and Rock islands at the tip of the Door Peninsula. One of the larger islands in a chain that stretches from Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula to Michigan’s Garden Peninsula, St. Martin Island provides critical stopover habitat for birds, as well as fish and other wildlife. Her family had owned and cared for their land on St. Martin Island since the 1980s. Most of the island is now part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

A retired pharmacist, Pelrine has been a longtime Door County volunteer leader, having served on the Gibraltar School Board and championing school funding referendums and the Junior Great Books program in the local schools. She serves on the Door Community Auditorium Board and is a partner in Fred and Fuzzy’s in Little Sister Resort.

Dr. Ken Potter of Madison is an Emeritus Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. His teaching and research interests are in hydrology and water resources, and include estimation of hydrological risk, especially flood risk; stormwater modeling, management and design; and restoration of aquatic systems.

Dr. Potter received a B.S. in Geology from Louisiana State University in 1968 and a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1976. He has been a member of numerous National Research Council committees, including the Committee on Restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem, the Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects, and the Committee on Levees and the National Flood Insurance Program: Improving Policies and Practices. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies.

Dr. Joy Zedler, who resides in the Town of Dunn in Dane County, is returning to the Wisconsin Board of Trustees after a three-year hiatus. From 1995-2004, she served on The Nature Conservancy’s global Board of Directors.

Dr. Zedler recently retired as Professor of Botany and the Aldo Leopold Chair of Restoration Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her areas of expertise are wetland ecology and restoration, and she promotes adaptive restoration; namely, large field experiments that create a living laboratory for testing proposed restoration practices (learning while restoring). Dr. Zedler has collaborated with 80 graduate students and 12 postdocs, leading to 270+ publications. She also seeks to inspire high school students to get hands-on experience and consider careers in science. Her e-book Salt Marsh Secrets: Who Uncovered Them and How shares stories from southern California coastal wetlands.

Dr. Zedler is a Fellow of the Society of Wetland Scientists and a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Recently, she received the prestigious Odum Lifetime Achievement Award from the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation and the John T. Curtis Award for Career Excellence in Ecological Restoration from the Friends of the Arboretum.

“We are delighted to welcome Chris, Martha, Ken and Joy to our Wisconsin Board of Trustees,” said Mary Jean Huston, Wisconsin State Director. “We look forward to working with them to protect, restore and engage more people in conserving the lakes, rivers, forests and grasslands we depend on to keep our economy vibrant and provide the quality of life we enjoy here in Wisconsin.”

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Chris Anderson
The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin


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