For Earth Day and its season, friends of the planet are celebrating the life of Woody Woodruff, 59, the central Illinois conservation hero who died earlier this month after a long struggle with cancer. He had worked as a Sangamon County Soil and Water Conservationist, and recently as a soil health educator for Illinois Stewardship Alliance. His farm is called Mud Prairie, his spiritual place, and, according to ISA, the only place in Illinois with ponds so clear you can see the bottom. He left us with this quotation, suitable for a time when everyone is saying, "We're all in this together." Woodruff: "We need to be the community of the watershed, the community of the Large River, and a community of the oceans. This is one Earth and stewardship was the mission we were given."

–Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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