By Tim Kowols
The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor is taking the next year to celebrate 80 years of conservation. Its anniversary celebration kicked off over the weekend with the dedication of its Cook-Albert Fuller Center, which was completed in 2015 and recently opened new exhibits inside the building. Executive Director Steve Leonard says they have worked hard to maintain the vision of The Ridges Sanctuary, which began in October 1937 as Wisconsin’s first land trust.
The Ridges Sanctuary has earned national and international recognition in recent years, becoming a National Audubon Society Important Bird Area in 2007 and A Wetland of International Importance Under the Ramsar Convention 2015. Leonard says more 80th anniversary celebration events will be announced in the coming months.