Gathering Waters presents FSPA with Land Legacy Award

10/26/2020 3:24 pm

On Oct. 23, FSPA was honored in a ceremony as the recipient of Gathering Water's 2020 Land Conservation Leadership Land Legacy Award. 

According to Gathering Waters, the Land Legacy Award "honors FSPA’s generous support of Mississippi Valley Conservancy, dedication to land and water protection in the La Crosse and the Driftless areas and mission to care for creation through advocacy and social change, all while modeling sustainability and healthy lifestyles."

“The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration exemplify ‘Creation Care’ on many levels,” says MVC Executive Director Carol Abrahamzon. “They support Mississippi Valley Conservancy each year and have risen to the call for special projects. Because of FSPA’s dedication to stewardship and the land and water around us, they help protect and care for the land in this unique region." 

In an announcement of the award ceremony, Gathering Waters says that "The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration model the Franciscan tradition of care for creation, based on Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology. Francis of Assisi lived his life according to the Gospel and 'in part to be a steward and advocate for the heavens and Earth as they reflect God’s love among us.' As part of that stewardship, the FSPA models long-range sustainability and land management plans for the 200-plus acres of bluff woods and cropland, property that they have owned since 1895."


Carol Abrahamzon, Sister Eileen Mckenzie and Mike Carlson

Gathering Waters also recognized FSPA as the recipient of the 2019 Invader Crusader Award from the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council as well as partnerships with Interfaith Power Light (an organization focusing on climate change) and the Coulee Partners for Sustainability (which works to help people live more sustainable lives).

“By partnering with Mississippi Valley Conservancy, we can identify the breadth of biological and geological resources that exist on FSPA’s land,” said Sister Lucy Slinger, FSPA mission councilor. “Such expert guidance in decision making and plan implementation ensures that we protect the treasures that exist on St. Joseph’s Ridge and all FSPA lands. The MVC – FSPA partnership is a witness to others of our charism of ‘Care for Creation.’”

According to Gathering Waters, "FSPA demonstrates their commitment to the future care of creation through an educational ministry with Viterbo University. FSPA’s agricultural internship program allows students pursuing biology and sustainable management degrees to work in the gardens.

"Globally, the FSPA supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Laudato Si', Pope Francis’ encyclical (letter) on environment and human ecology. These efforts promote global prosperity while protecting the planet by focusing on energy, consumption, climate action, and water quality." 

“We are thankful for the leadership of organizations like the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, “ said Mike Carlson, executive director of Gathering Waters. “The organization cares deeply for the land, water, and natural resources in its care and shares that passion with others through monetary support and education while promoting social change and healthier lifestyles.”

Watch the news report "A legacy of land conservation earns award."

About the Land Legacy Award:
The Land Conservation Leadership’s Land Legacy Award recognizes organizations whose extraordinary generosity and philanthropic leadership through direct-financial support has significantly benefited land conservation in Wisconsin.

About Gathering Waters:
Gathering Waters helps Wisconsin’s land trusts, landowners, and communities protect the state’s land, water, wildlife, and way of life by strengthening nearly 50 member land trusts. Land trusts are nonprofit organizations that permanently protect land. To make sure Wisconsin’s land trusts are strong, sustainable organizations, Gathering Waters advocates for favorable public policies and funding, provides technical and educational resources, and increases awareness of the benefits land trusts bring to their communities.

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