I’ve learned about gardening from many sources over the years. Much of what I’ve learned about nature and the outdoors came from a remarkable man who died this week.
George Rogers was a devoted conservationist, a gifted writer, wise mentor and dedicated community member. He could distill simple truths from the most complex topic and explain it at third-grade understanding. He tackled controversy and presented clear, objective solutions. He wrote with clarity and brevity.
I was blessed to work with George at the Stevens Point Journal in the 1980s. He began an outdoors column at the urging of then-news editor Bill Berry. I wasn’t particularly interested in hunting or fishing, common topics of this column. But George was such an engaging storyteller that it was easy to read on.