A newly established humanitarian award has been named in honor of Harrisburg resident Lowell W. Patterson by the 100 Mile Nicolet Snow Safari Snowmobile Club of Forest County, Wisconsin.
The award will be presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the club, recreational snowmobiling and the expansion of winter sports opportunities in the multi-county area.
Patterson is recognized as the "founding father" who initiated the establishment and development of the highly successful economic winter recreation venture. The undertaking began in 1970 with 100 miles of designated snowmobile trails, much of which is located within the Nicolet National Forest.
Patterson retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 1986. He served several national forests, including the Ottawa in Upper Michigan, the Nicolet in Northern Wisconsin and the Shawnee in Southern Illinois, prior to retiring in Harrisburg with his wife, Marsha.