As the Ridges Sanctuary near Baileys Harbor continues its 75th anniversary year, the organization is looking back on the people who had the foresight to protect the environmental preserve back in 1937. Executive director Steve Leonard says there is a reason why the Ridges has the distinction of being Wisconsin’s oldest member based nature preserve…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/N262.mp3|titles=Steve Leonard]
Leonard says many other natural areas in the state have been lost because no one stepped forward to protect them. He says that could have also been the case with the Ridges…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/N263.mp3|titles=Steve Leonard]
The Ridges Sanctuary is in the midst of developing the former Sandpiper restaurant property into a welcome center facility in Baileys Harbor. A fundraising campaign is needed to reach the long term goal.