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David Horst

Earth Day: Why sheltering in place shows need for nature

Posted on Apr 22, 2020, by

By David Horst, Environmental Grants Manager, Community Foundation I have to admit that when the full extent of human suffering COVID-19 would bring became apparent, the work I’ve been doing at the Community Foundation on promoting development of more multi-use trails seemed about to become insignificant, or maybe “nonessential” in the current vocabulary. The Community […]

Sheltering in Shawano without a home

Posted on Apr 9, 2020, by

Before the coronavirus pandemic, SAM 25, an emergency homeless shelter in Shawano County, purchased a “forever home,” a new location with double the space to meet their growing need. A capital campaign kicked off last year to fund the renovations, which were expected to be completed by November 2020. The Community Foundation for the Fox […]

Author says science and art express power of water

Posted on Mar 4, 2020, by

By Dave Horst, Donor Services and Environmental Grants Manager What is it about water? Author Wallace J. Nichols brought his message of the calming and healing power of enjoying or viewing bodies of water to Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance’s 2020 Watershed Celebration last week at Bubolz Nature Center. The conference draws engineers, municipal officials, regulators, researchers […]

Recreation trails in the Fox Valley enter “golden age”

Posted on Jan 9, 2020, by

Community Foundation President and CEO Curt Detjen is among the speakers for Fox Cities Greenway’s annual meeting on January 23. Detjen will talk about work the Community Foundation is doing in cooperation with Fox Cities Greenways and East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission for better coordination among area municipalities in expanding and promoting recreation trails […]

New group builds partnership to fight tough weeds

Posted on Dec 23, 2019, by

Watch out invasive weeds, there’s a new posse in town. About 30 people gathered at Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London Dec. 12 for the organizational meeting to create a Fox Valley Cooperative Invasive Management Area (CISMA). The crowd included foresters, woodlot owners, nature center staff members, conservation advisors, DNR employees and gardeners. The […]

This generation can tame climate change

Posted on Sep 30, 2019, by

“Attending the Nobel Conference this year was an eye-opening experience. The conference inspired me to want to change my community, and tell what I learned about the global climate crisis.” — Vivian Coenen, Appleton West student Nobel 55 deepened my understanding of climate change and its proposed solutions, but it exposed the complex relationship with […]

Land Trust making a point about preservation

Posted on Sep 11, 2019, by

Stand on the overlook at Wequiock Falls north of Green Bay and you will see a fence loaded with padlocks, some inscribed with initials. An international craze called “love locks” has found this remote Brown County Park along Highway 57. Lovers have clipped the locks on the chain link fence as testimony to the permanence […]

Grant helps atlas that’s for the birds

Posted on Aug 29, 2019, by

If you need to know how many cardinals are in your neighborhood and whether their population is rising or crashing, there’s a book that can help you. The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas – researched and published every five years – uses informed volunteers to track the mix of birds across the state and how the […]