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Keynote Address
A Ripple Effect: Ephemeral Ponds to the Great Lakes, a Tale of Conservation
Julia Robson, Milwaukee County Parks

Photo of Julia Robson Julia Robson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Conservation and Environmental Sciences Program who currently works as the Assistant Natural Areas Coordinator for the Milwaukee County Parks Department. In 2017, Julia was awarded the Public Policy Forum's Jean B. Tyler Leader of the Future Award for her efforts with the Parks Department, including developing the award-winning Citizen-based Wetland Monitoring Program. Julia's passion for environmental conservation and fostering community-based stewardship initiatives all began with her roots as a volunteer. In the fall of 2017 she took her experience as an ecologist, educator, and advocate to an entirely new level. She and a colleague embarked on a 343-mile walk across Wisconsin, from Milwaukee to Lake Superior, to raise awareness for Great Lakes and freshwater conservation. This "Walk to Sustain Our Great Lakes" raised nearly $10,000 for environmental non-profits in the Great Lakes basin and garnered local, statewide, and national news media coverage. Julia strongly believes that volunteers have an evolving role to play in bridging the ever-growing divide between people and environmental conservation. Her story of her own volunteerism and growth as a conservationist is testament that the impacts of just one individual can be far-reaching and help inspire change.




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