Fox Valley Area 21st Annual Conference

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Toward Harmony With Nature Conference

Saturday, January 28, 2017, Oshkosh Convention Center, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Keynote speaker, Robert Nurre will present:

“The Surly Surveyor: A Look at the Presettlement Landscape”

rob-nurre-10816_1Have you ever wondered what your property and our surrounding area looked like before the first European settlers came and altered it forever? Have you wished you could have seen it in its native beauty and health? 

A very special “time traveler,” will answer those questions for you in the first person. Landscape historian Rob Nurre will visit the conference in character as the “Surly Surveyor” David GiddingsDeputy Surveyor for the U. S. General Land Office. 

Conference attendees will get a look at the presettlement landscape through the eyes of one of the intrepid surveyors who traversed our area in 1839. 

Rob Nurre, who in real life lives in the Baraboo area, has long been fascinated by the interaction between natural and cultural landscapes. As the long-time Land Records Manager for the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, he has studied, preserved, and made the state’s original land survey records available online. This work has been the basis for his development of several character portrayals to help tell these stories.

 The “Surly Surveyor” will arrive just in time to give our conference’s 9 a.m. keynote presentation.

And if you too arrive in time, you can hear not only from the Surveyor, but also from a day of breakout session presenters on the full range of natural landscaping and native plants topics, can shop from our book store and other exhibitors, can bid at our silent auction, enjoy a buffet lunch, and network with other native plants enthusiasts.

For more information visit the Toward Harmony With Nature Conference website.

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