Phil Lewis, UW emeritus professsor of landscape architecture and main force behind the Nine Springs Greenway, will be honored next week by budding bioneers.
That's right: bioneers. It's a two-decade-old movement that seeks to use nature and human ingenuity in the service of sustainability (see www.bioneers.org). The group sponsors national conferences with regional offshoots, including the one in Fitchburg Nov. 13-14 (www.bringingbioneerstowi.org).
Lewis, one of the keynote speakers, will receive the first annual Bringing Bioneers to Wisconsin award. A press release for the event says, "Working to help others understand how human patterns of settlement can be guided to help preserve the ecological and cultural diversity of Wisconsin, Prof. Lewis is a true Bioneer!"
And one who richly deserves to be recognized.