“Let’s take the young to the hills and woods and show them the glories. There is the future….”
Paul J. Olson died on July 5, 1993. But his legacy lives on. It lives on in Abrahams Woods, the Baraboo Hills and the thousands of acres preserved by the Nature Conservancy. It lives on in prairies of central Wisconsin with the booming of the prairie chicken. It lives on in the Madison School Forest.
But to measure Paul by the land he preserved and the birds he saved would not be the total story. He was a neighborhood leader who helped to make his community better by understanding the needs of a new community and finding a way to see those needs were met. He was an educator who touched the lives of thousands. Finally, he was a student whose thirst for knowledge and unconquerable spirit caused him to comprehend life and to overcome the obstacles that life placed in his path.
The Paul and Alice Olson Fund is a fund established within the endowments at the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin (a 501 c3). The primary purpose of Fund is to promote conservation education in and near Dane County (or otherwise in the State of Wisconsin as determined by the donors) and prairie chicken conservation.