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Ridgefield Park Resident Inducted into Prestigious Environmental Club
BY STACEY ROSENFELD
STAFF WRITER
Ridgefield Park Patriot

PHOTO COURTESY OF DENIS FINNIN, AMNH

RIDGEFIELD PARK - A Ridgefield Park resident has been inducted into the Boone and Crockett Club, the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America.

Stephen Quinn, a member of the Ridgefield Park Environmental Commission and a lifetime Exhibition Associate with the American Museum of Natural History, has been accepted as a professional member of the organization established in 1887 by Theodore Roosevelt.

The Boone and Crockett Club is the first organization to be formed with the explicit purpose of affecting wildlife conservation legislation, and is one of the most prestigious and well-respected environmental entities in existence.

Quinn’s induction as a professional member is a notable and momentous occasion.

Quinn first joined the staff of the American Museum of Natural History as an intern in 1974, after graduating from the Ridgewood School of Art and Design. From that beginning, he came to oversee all aspects of new diorama creation at the museum, including field expeditions, exhibit fabrication, and installation, as well as diorama conservation and restoration.

"Ever since I started work at the American Museum of Natural History as an intern, back in 1974, those senior staff, with whom I studied and apprenticed, always spoke of the Boone and Crockett Club with great respect and acknowledged its role, not only in the formative years in the history of wildlife conservation in America, but also in sustaining and contributing to the financial needs and the educational goals of the American Museum of Natural History," Quinn shared.

He added, "The Boone and Crockett Club was critical in the creation of these exhibits which, over many years, have served as powerful tools for conservation education."

"My mentors [at the museum] knew many of the Boone and Crockett Professional members…as well as the Club's regular members such as Theodore Roosevelt, Kermit Roosevelt, Henry Fairfield Osborn, Roy Chapman Andrews, Mammalogist Harold Anthony, F. Trubee Davidson, and James L. Clark," Quinn said.

He noted, "I am extremely humbled and pleased with this honor. I owe special thanks to paleontologist John Flynn for introducing me to Simon C. Roosevelt (Theodore Roosevelt’s great, great grandson) while I was restoring the Roosevelt Elkhorn Ranch diorama in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial. Citing my work on the museums dioramas, my book ‘Windows on Nature’ and my experiences collecting and preparing specimens for the museum over the years, Mr. Roosevelt offered to sponsor me as a Professional Member and introduced me to Mr. Lowell Baier, past President and active Regular Member, who offered further support. I'm indebted to Mr. Roosevelt and Mr. Baier for this great honor."

Ridgefield Park mayor George Fosdick, who has known Quinn since childhood, said, "This is a fitting tribute to someone who had dedicated his life to preserving the world we live in. I am not surprised that Steve has garnered such recognition; he is truly deserving."

Fosdick added, "On behalf of the entire community, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to Steve."

Quinn said, "It is with sincere gratitude that I accept this honor and pledge to apply my talents to further the mission of the Boone and Crockett Club in its campaign for legislation to protect wildlife, support for its wise management, nurture an awareness of the historical contributions that the Club has made throughout the years, and demonstrate how art - whether a natural history diorama, painting, or sculpture - continues to serve as a medium for communicating passion, concern and, above all, action for the preservation of wilderness and all its beneficiaries."

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