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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
Denise was devoted to learning about the world on the ground and in the water and traveled to over 30 countries on five continents. When Denise joined WWF’s National Council, she vowed to see conservation in action—and did just that. From tagging whales in Baja, Mexico, to camping overnight with grizzlies in Alaska, to hearing buffalo thunder across the Northern Great Plains, she reveled in the wonders of the natural world while understanding the threats it faced.
On a trip to see WWF’s work, we spent nine days kayaking and camping in Glacier Bay, on the coast of southeastern Alaska. That trip inspired her to make a fervent commitment to protect the precious Arctic ecosystem. Denise understood that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, jeopardizing habitats for polar bears, walruses, and other marine species, as well as threatening Arctic communities who depend on thriving ecological resources. She left a significant portion of her estate to WWF to help protect the region’s remarkable wildlife and beauty for generations to come.
Denise was committed to conservation, social justice, and helping the underprivileged. She was an optimist who always believed things would get better if we came together to create solutions. She gave generously of her time, talents, and resources to protect the places and wildlife she cared about. Ultimately, I hope Denise is remembered for all she did to make the world a better place, for people and nature.