Glen Sheppard, the legendary editor of the North Woods Call, passed away in early January at the age of 74. The Call, his fiercely independent conservation newspaper, has ceased publication. Sheppard regularly beat the big city newspapers to big conservation stories during the 1970s and 1980s and helped shape the course of public and political debate on issues like drilling in the Pigeon River Valley and the damage caused by urban sprawl. Many of Michigan’s governors, as well as conservation and political leaders, including Michigan Environmental Council President Chris Kolb and past President Lana Pollack, made the trek to Shep’s woodsy home/office near Charlevoix to be grilled by ‘Shep.’ His feisty paper was “An admittedly biased newspaper: Dedicated to the proposition that there is only one side to any issue involving natural resources...NATURE’S!” Amen, and RIP, Shep.
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