John Borchert, a MN GIS/LIS Lifetime Award winner in 1993, has received another honor by being named a Conservation Hero by Conservation Minnesota.
“John Borchert was a special man, beloved by his many students in 40 years of teaching at the University of Minnesota and respected by his peers and colleagues all over the nation. One of his first courses he taught when arriving at the U of M in 1949 was “The Geography of Natural Resources.” He was a strong believer in the power of maps and for his students to do field work in the landscape. He soon became known for studying the physical structure of the cultural landscape in the Minneapolis-St. Paul urban area, and began doing consulting studies for various governmental agencies.”
Editor’s Note: As described on their website, Conservation Minnesota is a not-for-profit organization that works to turn Minnesotans’ conservation values into state policy priorities. As part of the state's Sesquicentennial observance, Conservation Minnesota is collecting and publishing stories about great Minnesota conservationists, policies and places to help inspire appreciation for our heritage and to inspire future conservation work.