Norm was active in preserving the environment before the first Earth day. An outdoorsman, he saw damages done to the air, streams, lakes and land. He worked through the democratic processes to make good changes. In Grand Haven Michigan he went to every city council meeting for three years to ban the spraying of DDT in the city and finally won that battle. Then with others he formed the Michigan Pesticides Council and the ban went statewide, and then nationwide. Now we have seen the return of the American bald eagle to the shores of the Great Lakes. An enviromental victory for all living things.
Norm spearheaded and won many other environmental victories to better the environment for all.
Others who will be inducted into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame are Joan Wolfe and Dave Dempsey both very active leaders in improving the environment.
Below see others who are now in the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame:
Fred Wilder, a Muskegon native. Wilder has been active in conservation since he was in high school in the 1940s. He has long volunteered with Sportsman for Youth, the Muskegon Conservation Club, of which he’s a past president, and the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society. In 2011, the Michigan United Conservation Clubs gave Wilder their Past Presidents’ Award for conservation.
• Former Gov. William Milliken. The organization is honoring Milliken, Michigan’s Republican governor from 1969 to 1983, for his role in enacting many of the state’s environmental protection laws.
• Howard Tanner, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources from 1975 to 1983. Tanner also was director of natural resources for Michigan State University and helped launch the planting of salmon in Lake Michigan, establishing the state’s salmon fishery.