Ian Rolland, former Lincoln Financial CEO, will be among eight people inducted Oct. 17 into the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced.
A deceased Fort Wayne attorney, Louis H. Dunten (1889-1976), also will be inducted posthumously.
The induction luncheon will be noon-1:30 p.m. at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. The event is open to the public; tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 1-317-233-1002.
The Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame is a collaborative effort of the Indiana DNR and Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (NRF).
Rolland has been active in supporting land conservation statewide through the NRF, Indiana Heritage Trust and The Nature Conservancy, the news release said. He also had a key role in arranging for artifacts and archives from the former Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne to go to the Allen County Public Library and Indiana State Museum.
“I was very surprised,” the news release quoted Rolland as saying of his Hall of Fame induction. “It's certainly flattering. It's an important honor, and there are a lot of people out there that I'm sure deserve to be recognized, so it's flattering to be inducted.”
Dunten joined the Izaak Walton League of America in its early years in the 1920s and became a state and national figure during more than 50 years with the conservation organization, the news release said. He served on the first board of directors of the National Wildlife Federation and was involved in Izaak Walton League efforts to create Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyo.
The list of new inductees also includes Richard Ford of Wabash and Kenn Kaufman of Rocky Ridge, Ohio. The other four inductees are deceased: Durward Allen, William “Bill” Barnes, David Starr Jordan and “Bayou” Bill Scifres.
Previous Hall of Fame inductees have included Tom (1923-2004) and Jane (1929-2003) Dustin, founders of ACRES Land Trust and advocates for the Clean Water Act and federal wilderness protection; Col. Richard Lieber, father of the Indiana state parks system; Charles C. Deam, Indiana's first state forester; Gene Stratton-Porter, a noted Hoosier author and naturalist; and U.S. President Benjamin Harrison, a former Indiana resident.