Editorial: Appropriate thank you for Whiteley’s contributions

As a journalist, Rogers City’s Harry Whiteley knew the importance of integrity, honesty and perseverance.

Those were traits that have followed him throughout his life, including his work as a conservation crusader and protector of our state’s natural resources. Whiteley last week was recognized for his conservation efforts in Michigan when the Harry H. Whiteley Conservation Education Building was dedicated in his honor. The building is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center is Roscommon.

Whiteley, who served on the state’s Natural Resources Commission for 25 years, six as its chairman, was rightly pleased with the honor.

Michigan is blessed with some of he most pristine woods and water in the United States and the public is blessed to have access to much of it. That heritage hasn’t always been easy to maintain, and it was only through the efforts of people like Whiteley, that we can enjoy it today. Their battles, and their efforts to preserve it for future generations, have left all of us with a wonderful legacy.

“I think Michigan is the greatest piece of real estate on earth,” Whiteley said at the dedication. “We’ve got to protect it for all of those coming after us.”

Indeed we do. Whiteley has done his part to do just that. For that, a grateful state thanked, and honored him last week.