Company: Kuse Nature Preserve
Location: Medford, Wisconsin, United States
Hildegard Kuse, Conservator at Kuse Nature Preserve, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and conservation.
After earning a Doctor of Philosophy in science education, Dr. Kuse taught with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) for over 30 years, specializing in science, social studies and local and state history and conducting a successful aerospace workshop. She has been recognized by the State Aerospace Committee, received a Faculty Service Award and Distinguished Alumni Award from UWSP in 1989 and 1990.
Recently, Dr. Kuse co-signed an easement drawn up by the North Central Conservancy Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve the natural heritage of Central Wisconsin through the protection of land, that ensures the protection of the Kuse Nature Preserve, a 35-acre property in the town of Medford featuring forests, agriculture fields, and a working historic farm. Much of the property is planted in hay, providing scenic open space to residents and the Medford schools neighboring the land, which has been in the Kuse family since 1881. Dr. Kuse’s father Walter was an environmentalist and artist whose experience in logging camps engendered in him a desire to steward the land, which he passed on to his daughters Hildegard and Loretta. Since 1990, Dr. Kuse has operated the preserve.
According to Dr. Kuse, his success has been influenced by a number of factors. Her own family background, including her parents and grandparents, as well as the education she received at Central State Teachers College, were important factors. She learned throughout her career to assess, ask questions, use a variety of resources and recognize the value of the people in her family and colleagues, as well as the contributions they were making. Now retired from education, she intends to continue her excellent maintenance of the Kuse Nature Preserve in the coming years.
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