Meet at the Orchid Heights Park Shelter
4198 Park Trail, Middleton
Children welcome. Includes up to 1.5 miles of walking. Dress for the weather and mosquitoes.
RSVP's appreciated, email Colleen or call 608-767-2394.
Tom Bernthal will lead restoration activities in and near the marsh and provide an overview of the latest grant focusing on aquatic invasive species. If you’d like to join the wetland work group, wear waterproof shoes or boots and long pants. We’ll also work on upland restoration work – for these tasks, waterproof footwear isn’t needed – just sturdy shoes. Sun screen, insect repellant, and hats are also recommended for everyone.
We’ll meet at 9 am in the county parking lot at 4864 Pheasant Branch Road. E-mail email@example.com to let us know if you’re planning to attend. Workdays are weather dependent. We’ll let you know if we need to cancel.
Monthly workdays are the third Saturday of each month, from 9 am to noon. Mark your calendar to save these dates:
Many hours of volunteer work have gone into establishing the prairies at Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The need for dedicated workers to enrich and extend the native landscape is ongoing. We’re looking to build up our base of volunteers to meet the challenges of the maturing landscape and the growing use of the Conservancy. For announcements about upcoming workdays, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the R&M list.
Janet Kane and Jim Loving, Restoration & Management Committee Co-chairs
Two long-term environmental programs that have been and continue to be critical to FOPB, the City of Middleton, and the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District (MCPASD) are slated for elimination under the Governor’s 2015 budget: the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) Program.
With past grants from these programs, FOPB, the city and the school district have:
FOPB alone has received $1.3 million in grants from the Stewardship program. And Stewardship is more than grants – it has leveraging power! For example, FOPB used a $774,000 Stewardship grant to raise $3,100,000 from private and public sources to purchase the Bock Forest – thus the state's investment was multiplied by a factor of four. The Stewardship Program is funded through bonding, but according to the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the debt service costs for the program are less than 0.3% of the total revenue collected by the State of Wisconsin - meaning that debt service on the program costs each Wisconsin resident less than a fishing license or state park sticker each year.
FOPB and MCPASD together have received over $68,000 from the WEEB program. WEEB general education grants are funded from a surcharge on environmental fines collected by the Dept. of Justice and from the conservation account of the Forestry Fund. None of this money is taxpayer dollars. The grants are critical in these times of declining monies for schools, non-profits and local governments. These programs are not only important to FOPB, the city and school district but to all land trusts, conservation organizations, municipalities and school districts in the state. Please join us in opposing the cuts to these programs! Contact your local legislators and members of the Joint Finance Committee through email, letter or phone.
Below are several links:
Check out our brochure for ways to get involved!
Kids for the Earth
Interested in presenting environmental topics for K-12 students visiting the conservancy? You can volunteer or join our paid naturalist staff - see our brochure or visit our Kids for the Earth page for details and contact information.
The Friends celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2015! To kick off the celebration, board member Dale Klubertanz has created a video celebrating the wilderness of the conservancy.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more upcoming videos, and come help us celebrate and support the Friends in their effort to nurture the Pheasant Branch Conservancy wilderness.
Through the support of members and volunteers, the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy have helped restore, protect and promote acres of prairie, wetlands, woodlands and savanna. Land that has been recovered from former farmland, unprotected wetlands and grazed savannas is now lovingly managed as urban wilderness through the efforts of the Friends to avail these native plant communities to wildlife and human visitors alike.
Over the years, through their contributions and as volunteers, hundreds of Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy members have supported the restoration and education efforts and activities that have availed the Conservancy wilderness area to classroom students and teachers. Middleton Cross Plains District and neighboring school districts have joined forces in providing these essential collaborations that open up the four walls of art & science classrooms to the real natural world of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The Friends' Education Committee and Restoration & Management Committee have funded naturalists and programming to bring the student to these outside protected spaces as they become attuned to their connection and belonging to the wilderness environment, reflected in the native plant communities and wildlife in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.
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We need your support to keep our restoration and education efforts going strong. Start using GoodSearch and GoodShop today – remember to check the Friends of Pheasant Branch as the non-profit.