Sherwood (Woody) Boudeman of Richland, Michigan
A Diamond Sponsor in Perpetuity and ardent DU supporter for more than 38 years, Woody Boudeman learned the value of land stewardship at a young age.
"My first experience with stewardship was as simple as my folks making us use the trash barrels along old Route 66 instead of just tossing stuff out the car window," Woody says. "Now, as an adult, I have been fortunate enough to be able to own land. I realize that being a good steward not only makes me feel good, but also makes the land more productive—for recreation, conservation, and everything else. I don't manage the land just to take ducks. My land provides productive wetlands for ducks and other wildlife."
Woody's commitment to good stewardship includes his strong belief in reaching out to future conservationists. "I am able to mentor my own children, but I also go to banquets and donate specifically to our Greenwing program."
Additionally, Woody helps young research students learn about the ecology of inland waters at Michigan State University's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek. "The students and I interact before they get started on their projects," he says. "When I think about it, that's an enjoyable form of mentoring, too."