by Carole Forte

In 1969, Herbert Mills, then Executive Director of the World Wildlife Fund, founded The Wetlands Institute to draw attention to the dramatic losses of wetlands and the threats that their loss posed to society. The Wetlands Institute has for nearly the past 50 years taken a leadership role in addressing critical wetland conservation issues. Today, the threats to our marshes and coastal ecosystems have never been greater.

Friends and supporters of The Wetlands Institute can sustain the Institute through their matured bequest gifts that benefit the Institute at a future date. Providing for The Wetlands Institute through a bequest or planned gift entitles you to lifetime membership in The Herbert Mills Legacy Society. These generous donations will help to enhance our research, conservation and education programs and bolster our endowment to brace against challenging economic times.

Over the past year, bequests from several good friends of the Institute were realized. We are tremendously grateful for their commitment to the future of The Wetlands Institute that will have a powerful impact for generations to come.

Please consider “leaving your legacy” by naming the Institute as a beneficiary of your will. Making a significant and enduring gift to The Wetlands Institute is easier than you might think. For more information, click here, or contact Lenore Tedesco, Ph.D., Executive Director, at, or 609-368-1211.