January 2018 ENewsletter

Wolf River Conservancy
January 2018 ENEWSLETTER
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Dear Wolf River Conservancy Friend:

In this edition of our e-news, we remember two people who were each very important to the Wolf River Conservancy in their own special way, Esther Klyce West Pearson and Jim Strickland.

As a founding board member of the Wolf River Conservancy, Esther Klyce West Pearson played a significant role in the creation of our organization. In a letter written by Esther in May 1984, she expressed her vision for the many benefits that the Wolf River Conservancy would provide our community, including that “it could rally the 'outdoor buff' to give volunteer labor for developing and maintaining wilderness trails, jogging paths, litter control, etc.”

Esther served as the first secretary to the Conservancy board and thus had  numerous records of the early days of our organization.  In 2015, Esther’s collection of archival documents was donated to the Wolf River Conservancy Archives, located in the Memphis Room at the Benjamin J. Hooks Library.  Online access to the archive is also available at this link.

Jim Strickland was clearly one of the outdoor buffs”  that Esther had in mind when she wrote her letter in 1984.  A very active Volunteer River Guide for the Wolf River Conservancy since 2015, Jim participated in many, many paddle trips, serving both as a river guide and as an ambassador for our organization.  If you ever attended a “Drink a Beer, Save a River” event you were sure to have met Jim.  As a lieutenant with the Memphis Fire Department, Jim brought a great deal of professionalism to our River Guide Program, including  a valuable perspective on the importance of safety in our paddle trips which has been incorporated into our river guide certification process.  On the river, Jim liked to paddle in the rear of the group in order to be ready to help paddlers who might be having difficulty.

Both Esther and Jim will long be remembered by the Wolf River Conservancy board and staff for their contributions to our progress so far.  We are very grateful to them.  It is only through the dedicated efforts of volunteers like Esther and Jim, and the support of members like you, that the Conservancy can continue to deliver on its mission today and for future generations.

Thank you for your continued support.

Keith Cole
Executive Director

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January 31

Full Moon Bonfire 


February 3

First Saturday Paddle


February 10

Baker's Pond Tree Planting   


February 24

Annual WRC Tree Planting Project


March 3

First Saturday Paddle


March 22

World Water Day 


March 24

Fourth Saturday Service Project



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