Driftless Area Land Conservancy

Love of Land and Community

Roland Sardeson’s Mineral Point Legacy

Roland was to many the embodiment of Mineral Point – he was creative, adventurous, and he loved his community.

“It was 1976 when I met Roland, he was skateboarding down Commerce Street,” shared Bruce Howdle, Roland’s longtime friend and neighbor. “Roland loved this part of the state, he grew up near here, he knew its history and ecology, and he understood the value of conserving land.”

Last fall Roland called Driftless and asked that we visit him on his land. “It is a beautiful piece of the Driftless, with towering rock outcrops, prairie remnants and views to the west overlooking a valley bottom with a sparkling meandering stream,” said DALC Executive Director, David Clutter.

During the visit with Roland he mentioned that he was having some health challenges. Little did we know at the time, Roland was terminally ill and making plans for what to do with his land.

Within weeks of our visit Roland passed away.  He was facing his own mortality and yet had the vision and compassion to think beyond himself. Roland donated his 12-acre Driftless property to Driftless Area Land Conservancy. We’re honored that Roland chose to entrust Driftless with his land legacy.

To learn more about the Driftless Area Land Conservancy – please contact Driftless at info@driftlessconservancy.org or 608-930-3252.

Natasha Rank