If your loved one doesn’t need any more tchotchkes, gewgaws, knickknacks, baubles, lagniappes, trinkets, or kitsch (useless throw-aways that suck resources, clutter homes and then end up in a landfill), consider a gift that won’t end up as refuse. While there is no great conservation benefit to buying a share of the Green Bay Packers, football enthusiasts who merit a $275 gift ($250 plus $25 handling), might just treasure a share of the Packers–even though the certificate will never bear any financial benefit. The window to buy shares may close soon. While homes in Green Bay, Milwaukee, Racine, and all over Wisconsin bear framed certificates, Packers officials have reported that this latest release of stock for sale has drawn orders from every state in the union. The Packers enjoy national support.
If the $275 (ouch) seems awfully spendy and not as green as you’d like, consider a symbolic certificate for a share of a National Park from the Wilderness Society. The suggested donations rage as low as $35 and go as high as you might imagine. There are as many oooohhs at Yosemite’s famous view points than in Lambeau after a good hit. The Wilderness Societys’ new promotion comes after a November announcement that they cut staff by 17% due to decreased donations in the weak economy. The new promotion seeks to sustain the society . They have created a series of beautiful limited edition symbolic “landholders’ certificates.” With each donation, you will have the option of downloading one certificate from one of America’s most iconic wild places: Denali, Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon or Shenandoah.For more than 75 years, The Wilderness Society has been at the forefront of efforts to protect the wild.
Star Betty White is a fan and spokesperson for the Wilderness Society. She wrote in a recent call for donations that “from the snowy vastness of Alaska to Florida’s steamy everglades. The Wilderness Society’s talented folks understand that in exchange for the privilege of enjoying the wild, we have an obligation to help protect it, for our children and our children’s children.”
Support of the Wilderness Society is especially germain to Wisconsinites who are fans of the father of environmental ethics, Aldo Leopold. Leopold joined seven other leading conservationists to form The Wilderness Society in 1935. This is the same year he purchased the run-down farm which would be immortalized in A Sand County Almanac. You can still visit the farm and Legacy Center in Central Wisconsin.