For immediate release: Aug 31, 2011
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Contact: Phil Bloom
Phone: (317) 232-4003

Conservation Hall of Fame adds 8 members

Two renowned researchers, a noted bird watcher, an outdoor writer, and four others active in preserving historic or natural resources make up the third class of inductees to the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame.

The list includes Ian Rolland of Fort Wayne, Richard Ford of Wabash, and Kenn Kaufman of Rocky Ridge, Ohio. The other five - all deceased - are Durward Allen, William "Bill" Barnes, Louis H. Dunten, David Starr Jordan, and "Bayou" Bill Scifres.

The eight new members will be honored at a luncheon Oct. 17 at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. The public event is from noon to 1:30 p.m. and sponsored by Proliance. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 317-233-1002.

The Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame is a joint project of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. Previous inductees include Col. Richard Lieber, father of the Indiana state parks system; Charles C. Deam, Indiana's first forester; author and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter; and U.S. President Benjamin Harrison.
"I was very surprised," Rolland said upon learning of the recognition for his work in both environmental and historical preservation. "It's certainly flattering. It's an important honor and there are a lot of people out there that I'm sure deserve to be recognized, so it's flattering to be inducted."

Rolland, who worked for more than 40 years at Lincoln Financial in Fort Wayne, has been involved in land conservation on a statewide scale through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, Indiana Heritage Trust and The Nature Conservancy. He also played a lead role in securing the Lincoln Foundation's collection of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia for the Indiana State Museum and the Allen County Public Library.


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