Over the decades, Wisconsin has been home to some great conservationists and organizations that are connected to their visions and dreams. Wisconsin can proudly boast the likes of Aldo Leopold (Aldo Leopold Nature Center), Andy Larsen (Riveredge Nature Center) and Noel Cutright (Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory).
Of great importance to the success of such organizations is the philanthropic visionary who shares the dream and can help fuel the cause. Lynde Uihlein is just such a visionary. A quiet, thoughtful, and private individual, Lynde has, through her intense commitment to conservation, helped found organizations and has sustained important science-based research through her generosity.
In a recent interview with Lynde, I had an opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the accumulated life experiences that have resulted in her passionate advocacy for the conservation of birds, endangered plants, and our freshwater resources.
Two years ago, after a brief retirement from the position, Lynde stepped back into the lead of the Brico Fund, which she founded in 1990. Today, Brico supports many environmental causes, but its lead concern began with water policy. A generous gift to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee resulted in building the Center for Water Policy, and Brico also sponsored the creation of the Water Policy Fellowship in Great Lakes Journalism at the university.