Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame honors longtime outdoors writer

Don Johnson, Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame
Don Johnson, right, talks with famed environmentalist Sigurd Olson. (Photo: Leader-Telegram)

EAU CLAIRE – Longtime outdoors reporter Don Johnson has been selected for induction into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame on April 13 in Stevens Point, according to the (Eau Claire) Leader-Telegram. 

A West Allis native, Johnson became one of the most beloved and respected outdoor writers in the state. Johnson, who died in 2006, began his reporting career with the Leader-Telegram in 1951 after he graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in journalism and biology.

As an investigative reporter, Johnson worked to uncover pesticide pollution in the 1960s and, based partly on Johnson’s reporting, DDT was banned first in Wisconsin, then nationwide.

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