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Kalamazoo-area native honored with Partners in Conservation Award for helping protect forest land on Lake Superior shoreline

Contact: Kerry Wieber, 517-643-1256 or Sarah Lapshan, 517-241-1736
Agency: Natural Resources

June 18, 2013

The Department of Natural Resources presented John Woollam with a Partners in Conservation Award at the Natural Resources Commission meeting Thursday, June 13, in Lansing.

Woollam, who has been active in land conservation and preservation since he was in high school, is an electrical engineering professor at the University of Nebraska. He was nominated for the award by the DNR's Forest Resources Division for contributing the matching funds that enabled the DNR to purchase the 3,810-acre Crisp Point tract in Chippewa and Luce counties, which includes two miles of Lake Superior shoreline.

Partners in Conservation Award recipient John Woollam with DNR and NRC members.A Kalamazoo-area native, Woollam has worked with numerous conservancies and agencies to acquire and preserve land in Michigan for many years.

"I love the outdoors," said Woollam, who was on hand with his wife Cyndi to accept the award. "I lived on lake as a youngster and I loved it. That's why I got involved."

Kerry Wieber, DNR forest land specialist, said without Woollam's generosity, the state would not have had the funds necessary to acquire and protect the tract of land.

"The acquisition of this property contributes significantly to the DNR's mission by protecting over two miles of Lake Superior shoreline, habitat for threatened and endangered species and both game and non-game species, and contributing over 3,600 acres of previously unmanaged marketable timber to the market," she said. "The acquisition of this property by the state contributes to natural resource-based economy both through timber production and tourism."

Partners in Conservation Awards are presented to individuals and groups, who have been nominated by DNR staffers and have made outstanding contributions to conservation in Michigan.

The DNR is planning a closing ceremony for later this summer to commemorate the land acquisition.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to

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