SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Nov. 18, 2019 – The Illinois Conservation Foundation has selected Diane and Doug Oberhelman, longtime Ducks Unlimited supporters and passionate conservationists, for induction into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame selection committee chose the Oberhelmans for their exemplary service and commitments to improving conservation efforts and outdoor recreation opportunities in Illinois.
The Oberhelmans are Ducks Unlimited Diamond Legacy Sponsors. Diane has served as an at-large member of the Ducks Unlimited Board, and Doug serves as vice-chairman of the Wetlands America Trust Board, which oversees expansive land holdings targeted to wetland and waterfowl conservation and holds easements on hundreds of thousands of acres of additional wildlife habitat. The couple played a leadership role in the Ducks Unlimited Rescue our Wetlands international campaign, which raised $2.34 billion for wetlands conservation.
“As a couple, they have an unsurpassed passion for ensuring healthy outdoors and wild spaces are available for generations to come,” said Adam Putnam, Ducks Unlimited CEO. “The Oberhelmans are certainly deserving of this recognition in the state they love so much and have earned their place in the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.”
The formal induction of Diane and Doug Oberhelman will occur during a ceremony at the annual Illinois Conservation Foundation Gala on April 30, 2020, at the Union League Club in Chicago.