Four Chambers Island Committee leaders will be awarded Conservationists of the Year by Gathering Waters during their Land Conservation Leadership Award ceremony. Mary Brevard, Suzanne Fletcher, Barbara Frank, and Mary Jane Rintelman, also known as the fab four, were instrumental in helping the Chambers Island Nature Preserve become a reality. In 2013, the fab four presented a thirteen-page proposal to the Door County Land Trust to create a nature preserve on the island with a goal to protect 1000 acres of land. Over five years later, the fab four helped raise over $1.8M in private donations to create the Chambers Island Nature Preserve and about 850 acres of land are protected today. Door County Land Trust Executive Director Tom Clay says the organization was taking a risk when they decided to go along with the fab four's proposal.
The Chambers Island Nature Preserve Committee along with Door County Land Trust will continue towards their goal of protecting 1000 acres on the island. The award ceremony for the fab four will take place on September 26th in Madison.