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1. Friends of the Black River Forest wins award

Mary Faydash holds a sign against the proposed Kohler Golf course near Kohler-Andrae State Park, Tuesday, December 14, 2021, in Sheboygan, Wis.  Faydash is part of a group that is opposed to Kohler Company building a golf course adjacent to the park.

Friends of the Black River Forest, based in Sheboygan County, was recently recognized by Freshwater Future as one of its Freshwater Heroes of 2021.

Freshwater Future is based in Michigan and advocates, educates and provides funding for efforts to protect the five Great Lakes and the critical connecting waters such as inland lakes, rivers, wetlands and groundwater.

Mary Faydash, Friends of the Black River Forest president, said in a news release: “It is so difficult to express the joy we feel when our efforts to preserve and protect our water, land and air are recognized as important to the health of our community and to the Great Lakes ecosystems of which we are a part. “

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