Doublers live, act for conservation

Conserving natural habitats is a passion that begins in Dale and Linda Doubler’s Illinois home and continues through their strong support of Ducks Unlimited.

The Doublers have been married for 46 years, live in Cambridge and have restored a 300-acre farm in Woodhull of which 117 acres have been restored with native prairie grasses and pine trees, as well as a lake with bass and catfish for area anglers. The farm is used for corn and soybeans, and the Doublers have taken steps to ensure that it can be enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts and never developed.

Their support for conservation has led them to Ducks Unlimited. Dale has been Geneseo Chapter area chairman for more than 24 years. The couple are Diamond Heritage sponsors past President’s Council members and have included Ducks Unlimited in their estate plan as Platinum Feather Society members.

“Dale and Linda are simply amazing people,” said James Roberts, Ducks Unlimited Illinois director of development. “If there is a way to support DU, they do it. They have created a legacy that will benefit generations of future waterfowlers for years to come.”

Dale’s career as a home builder in Cambridge involved weaving together natural parks and new subdivisions, incorporating nature into development. He started a flag program at the cemetery to honor war veterans. He also served for 24 years of service as a village trustee.

Bow hunting, fishing, woodworking, playing cards and gardening keep them busy. As does volunteering at their annual event, attending DU National Conventions and the Illinois DU State Conventions.

“The Doublers embody the true spirit of generosity and volunteering,” said Brett Brown, northwest Illinois regional director. “I have met few with more drive and dedication to our mission than Dale and Linda. They are true friends to the ducks; they live and breathe Ducks Unlimited and I just feel fortunate to have made such a great friendship with them.”