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Corinne Doblar spent the summer before her senior year of high school wading the banks of the Mukwonago River, pulling invasive plants like yellow sweet clover out of the dirt. As an intern with The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin (TNC), she was learning about the watershed, while also working to keep it pristine.
“Our supervisor was a wealth of stories and knowledge about environmental science, and he would inspire us to keep pursuing our dreams,” Doblar says.
She went on to study environmental science and biology at UW-Green Bay, and then held several jobs in forestry services, and is now teaching environmental science to high school students in Lake Geneva.
“Our intern program is just one of the ways we are engaging more people, including the next generation, in protecting nature,” says Elizabeth Koehler, Wisconsin director of The Nature Conservancy.
The organization also invests heavily in land and water conservation.
One of Koehler’s proudest moments was acquiring 1,280 acres on St. Martin Island beyond the tip of the Door Peninsula, protecting it as a refuge for migratory birds, fish and other wildlife.
And in October of this year, TNC collaborated with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to add 300 acres of protected land to Devil’s Lake State Park.
Addressing the threat of climate change is a major focus for TNC. As part of that effort, the group launched a new program in Milwaukee to help people and neighborhoods withstand and manage environmental challenges related to climate change and the urban environment.
“We want to become part of the community of organizations and individuals who are helping create a more resilient and equitable Milwaukee,” says Koehler.
What We Do:
- The Nature Conservancy works to create a world where all people and nature can thrive.
- It uses science to develop innovative solutions to challenges from climate change and habitat loss, to growing healthy food and keeping water clean.
Where Your Money Goes:
- Donations support the protection and care of Wisconsin’s lands, waters and wildlife, and help promote positive environmental and climate change policies. Funds support farmers who are implementing conservation practices. Donations are also funding a new program in Milwaukee that uses nature-based solutions to more equitably improve people’s lives and enhance the city’s natural environment.
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