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E-M:/ Michigan Loses Legendary Conservationist

Enviro-Mich message from Smileysmlc@aol.com


Michigan lost a true champion of land conservation with the passing of Bertha 
Daubendiek, 89, on November 16, 2005.

Bertha Daubendiek was the heart and soul of the Michigan Nature Association, 
leading it since it's formation in 1951, as the St. Clair Metropolitan Beach 
Sanctuary Association, until she retired as Executive Secretary in 2001.

Bertha's selfless dedication led to the establishment of over 150 nature 
preserves throughout Michigan.  Perhaps her most well-known effort was the 
acquisition of the Estivant Pines in the Keewenaw Peninsula in the early 1970s.  
Threatened with logging, Bertha Daubendiek led the charge for the Michigan Nature 
Association to raise the funds to purchase this spectacular example of 
Michigan's once-grand pine forests.

Across the state, Michigan residents can enjoy the results of Bertha's 
lifelong pursuit of protecting our natural heritage.  She served as an inspiration 
to many, although few will ever be able to follow in her footsteps.

Bertha Daubendiek was truly a rare individual, constantly working to preserve 
Michigan's unique natural wonders for future generations.  All of Michigan 
owes her a huge debt of gratitude.  She will be missed.

Jack Smiley
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy

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