Friends of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
The Friends group, following the wishes of donor Frances Andrews as outlined in Frances Andrews’ Letter To NAS, manages the operations and facilities of the Hunt Hill Audubon Camp. Click Here to learn more about the history and relationship of FOHHAS and NAS.
Meet the Board
President: Carolyn Cleveland
After moving to Madge and Long Lake in 2002, I had a desire to expand my knowledge on how to care for my surroundings. After attending a fund raiser for Hunt Hill and learning of what this sanctuary had to offer I became a member of the Board. Learning more about the environment is for the young and old alike. At Hunt Hill I can find solitude on the walking paths, friendship in membership, and laughter from the kids at camp.
Vice President: Nick Allen
Since childhood I have greatly enjoyed being outdoors in beautiful places,particularly old forests. When I moved from California to Madge I went looking for places to hike that had not been clear-cut. The woods of Hunt Hill are the best old growth forest in this area to walk and see how beautiful nature is when we just leave it alone!
Vice President and Facilities Committee Chair: Gary Erickson
My wife and I have had our hearts in the Northwoods for most of our lives and always knew that we would live here when we retired. We love the outdoors and have vowed to do what we can to help preserve the remaining natural areas for future generations. Hunt Hill has a wonderful way of combining conservation with education, and I am proud to be a part of that legacy.
Tom joined the board because he likes new challenges. He enjoys meeting and working with new people. After growing up and working in this community, he has found Hunt Hill to be a great asset to the Long Lake community and one that deserves community support.
Secretary and Fundraising Committee Chair: Carrie Romsos
Carrie moved from the Twin Cities to Shell Lake the summer of 2014 with her family. Her love of nature and the outdoors began in her early years as she would assist in cultivating crops and raising animals on the family dairy farm near Chippewa Falls. Carrie’s children Blake and Riley have participated in the Hunt Hill day camps for 8 years, and Carrie and her husband Dale have volunteered for Prairie Fling for 3 years.
Membership Committee Chair: Doug Edwardsen
As a youth and as an adult, I vacationed “up north” every year and developed a deep appreciation of Wisconsin lake country. During these yearly northern treks my wife Pat and I decided we would move here someday. In 2014 we fulfilled our dream of a home on the water and moved to Rice Lake. We visited Hunt Hill preserve several times and were struck with its natural beauty. One day last fall after walking one of the trails, Pat and I were leaving the preserve and had to abruptly stop the truck and enjoy the woods that was glowing orange from the sunlight bursting through the trees. It was an awesome sight! Hunt Hill is a special place to experience and learn about nature at its finest. I look forward to supporting the Hunt Hill vision and contributing through my background in marketing and education and my appreciation of this wonderful resource.
Program Committee Chair: Gary Dunsmoor
I’m originally from Rhinelander, where I was raised in a great family of nine, plus two dogs and whatever small critters I had in my bedroom at any given time. I graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management. Around 25 years ago, I began giving presentations at Hunt Hill with the annual spring wildlife hikes for the Spooner 5th grade students. I retired from the Department of Natural Resources in 2013 with over 38 years of service, 35 of them in Wildlife Management in Spooner.
After retirement Maryann and I bought a home on Little Devils Lake which connects to Twin Lakes through Big Devils Lake. The first time we canoed into those beautiful lakes surrounded by Hunt Hill we realized that this was indeed a special place. We moved to Northern Wisconsin from Minneapolis because of our appreciation of nature and all the “critters” up here. I have attended programs at the camp for years and when asked if I would be interested in running for a position on the board I eagerly accepted the opportunity.
Nature has always been an important part of my life. I enjoy hiking, camping, exploring, and learning about the land, plants, and animals that surround us. I believe if we share our love of nature with others, and teach them to appreciate all it has to offer, we can work together to help protect our planet for future generations.
It’s great to be part of FOHHAS with colleagues who support Hunt Hill’s mission and purposes. We appreciate Hunt Hill’s rich heritage, dedication to education, and commitment to the environment. My husband have lived in the area for 30 years, and our roots are from Eau Claire to Lake Superior. My background is mostly in education and human services, and as a volunteer I’ve been part of many organizations. Hunt Hill has a bright future, and I look forward to helping to build that for future generations.
There’s a bit of amateur naturalist in many of us. We can tell from an early age that the outdoors, the land and waters, and the natural world, offer the excitement of discovery and the stimulation of peering into the lives of the plants and animals around us. With time and means we often gravitate to places that make that easier. For my wife and I that came with 65 acres and a summer home on Long Lake 20 plus years ago. The bonus we discovered later nearby was Hunt Hill…another place to roam, explore, learn, and perhaps to help others and newer generations do the same. And, of course, to interact with others of like mind, and with the wonderful welcoming staff at this gem of a preserve in the Northwest Wisconsin woods.