Our school’s namesake is a person that is, in many ways, a little known hero of resource conservation. Charles R. Van Hise is probably known best for leading the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the Progressive Era at the birth of the 20th Century. Van Hise was also a major contributor to conservation in the United States and the world. His 1910 book, Conservation of Natural Resources in the United States, is recognized as one of the most important works in the history of conservation. It was the most respected, influential and often-cited general survey of conservation issues published in its time. In the book, Van Hise pointed the finger at individualism for depletion of natural resources. He called for living in a way that does not diminish the quality of life for unborn generations.
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