2017 is a special year for the Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve as we celebrate our 30th birthday! This is a significant milestone for the Preserve and a time to look back on our history, how we’ve changed in 30 years and where we’re headed in the future.Read More
Annual President's Letter
Every year the current president writes an article for the annual newsletter—a State of the Preserve Address.
Below are some of those articles.
Everyone needs to stop and take stock every so often, and I think the same thing holds true for organizations. The MIWP started out as a simple land trust with a single goal, to buy and preserve land, but we have evolved to the point that we are involved with nearly everything on the island that has to do with the environment. I love that, I am proud of that, but I worry about our ability to sustain it.Read More
As I sit down to write this President’s letter, I have in mind a neat list of accomplishments I want to share. Sometimes I worry the list is a little too neat; I am tidying up all the messiness: the discussions, the disagreements, the tangents and the crazy ideas that didn’t go anywhere. That’s probably not all bad. It’s a little like you’re a patron at a restaurant; do you really need to know everything that is going on in the kitchen?Read More
I like to use this President’s letter as a kind of forum to think out loud about the MIWP—who we are, what we have done, where we are going. It’s easy to get caught up in the minutia of running an organization (who’s bringing the tablecloths?) and lose sight of the big stuff. Are we doing things that have value? Are we working on issues that no one else is addressing? Is the island a better place to live, walk, hunt, ski, watch birds because of the MIWP? Let’s look.Read More
Preserving our island’s natural heritage. Those five words are the fruit of a weeks-long discussion by the entire MIWP board on our role on the island, our “brand promise”. These days, when large tracts of land are seldom available for purchase, we have to take a broad view of what it means to preserve our natural heritage, to be a good steward of the land.Read More
This is new for me, this writing of President’s letters. I am used to my Fourth of July Parade articles being buried somewhere back of page 5 or thereabouts, and this feels different. But Tom Kromroy, after 7 years of impeccable leadership, has passed on the baton to yours truly, and I would be speaking for everyone associated with the MIWP when I say thank you, Tom, for a job beautifully done. Tom will remain on the board and focus on land issues.Read More
Last fall, I received a call from a longtime member who asked what the Preserve was doing with the funds they donate each year, and whether or not we continue to need their financial support. I quickly responded with a strong yes and proceeded to review the annual program that our organization completes each year. I think my response was what the member was looking for because a few weeks later we received their donation. The question was a good one and it made me sit back and take a look at what our organization actually accomplishes each year, and how we communicate those accomplishments to our membership.Read More