On April 22nd, Earth Day, we were pleased to host a reception thanking Verne Huser for the generous contribution of his collection of conservation and environmentally themed books to the Gerald and Betty Ford Library. This collection of more than 500 volumes includes influential books by Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams, and other noted naturalists. There is also a scholarly selection on Lewis & Clark, many other books on the West, environmentalism, and western fiction, as well as the books Verne authored on river conservation and navigation. The collection is housed on the Upper Schoolhouse shelves, and books are available for checkout through the library.
Verne is a noted naturalist, conservationist, writer, teacher, river guide, and volunteer. He actively donates his time to Open Space events and was a dedicated volunteer for the Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration. Several Bosque students and community members joined us to share readings, reflections, and thanks.
An Aldo Leopold bench will be installed in Sanchez Park in honor of Verne, providing a quiet space for students and visitors to sit, read, and reflect in the bosque.