William L. Downing shown fishing in 2010 on Trout Lake, in the Wabana Chain of Lakes, Itasca County, Minnesota

William Lawrence Downing



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William Downing, World War II hero, scientist, professor, environmental commissioner, author, and lover and protector of lakes and natural ecosystems.

Memorials: Contributions to the William L. Downing Memorial Fund to be used to create a memorial to Bill and Betsy Downing on Government Point, Wabana Lake, MN, and for forest and fish-habitat management on his family's property on Wabana Lake.

Please send checks to the William Downing Memorial fund at 1834 Simpson St, Falcon Heights, MN 55113 or via the memorial's YouCaring page HERE


Our family has owned this land since 1906.

We believe that families have a role to play in conservation.