Pipping honored by National Wildlife Federation

LIL PIPPING LIL PIPPING The National Wildlife Federation has recognized the efforts of Lil Pipping, former president of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, with its Affiliate Volunteer of the Year award.

“In everything she does, Lil Pipping leads by example. Whether she is working to protect wilderness areas in the Sheboygan River watershed or cultivating a new generation of conservation leaders, she is an inspiration to everyone who knows her,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Her leadership has benefitted the waters and wildlife in eastern Wisconsin, creating a lasting legacy.”

This National Conservation Leadership Award recognizes a volunteer with one of the National

Wildlife Federation affiliate organizations. The award ceremony took place at the National Wildlife Federation’s annual meeting held at Skamania Lodge, in Stevenson, Wash.

“Lil Pipping is simply untiring. If she isn’t chairing a local election debate, she is attending a town hall meeting, raising money for outdoor education or leading a local conservation group,” said George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. “She started the Sharing the Spirit program, a way for sports people to help the elderly in the county and Hunters against Hunger, a program that allows hunters to donate extra venison to local food pantries. We are grateful for her service to the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.”

Pipping has spent decades dedicating her time to conservation. In 2007, she was elected president of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation (WWF) after serving as both first and second vice president.

Under her leadership, WWF started the Conservation Leadership Corp, working to inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. She has been involved with the Wisconsin Sportswomen Club (now known as Tri-County Sportswomen, LLC) since 1992, serving in numerous leadership roles.

In 1999, she was elected the first female president of the Sheboygan County Conservation Association (SCCA) and still is the only woman to serve in that position.

In 2005, Pipping and a group of others formed the Friends of Broughton Sheboygan Marsh to protect 14,000 acres of important wilderness areas in the Sheboygan River watershed. Since its founding, Pipping has served as president of the Friends of the Marsh.

Through her active involvement in these organizations, Pipping has organized outdoor activity days, chaired debates for local election candidates, served on strategic planning committees, attended town hall meetings, raised money for outdoor education facilities, staked yard signs on important conservation issues, advised neighboring counties on forming conservation groups, and led efforts to create a county stewardship fund— giving countless hours to better the place that she calls home. Without a doubt, her leadership and dedication continue to leave an impact on eastern Wisconsin.

Pipping and her husband Ken live in Elkhart Lake. They have five children, 14 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

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