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:
There are also listening sessions with Reps. Hesselbein and Pope scheduled in the next few days:
In April, come listen for the sunset peent call of the American Woodcock with Bird Digiscoper Mike McDowell.
Thursday April 16, 6:30 PM
Help the prairie to flourish! The Pheasant Branch prairie is relatively young, and the work we do gives a competitive advantage to the natives were working to establish. No experience needed Come for all or part of the time! Dress for the prairie with closed-toe shoes, long pants, a hat and work gloves (if you have any favorites).
Workdays are the third Saturday of each month:
April 18, 9 AM - noon
May 16, 9 AM - noon
June 20, 9 AM - noon
Meet at the parking lot in the Dane County part of Pheasant Branch Conservancy: 4864 Pheasant Branch Road, 1.2 miles north of Century Avenue, Middleton, WI
Workdays are weather dependent; let us know youre coming at firstname.lastname@example.org, well let you know if we have to cancel.
We hope you can join us! Janet Kane & Jim Loving, Restoration & Management Co-chairs
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.
Each year, the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy publishes its Phenology Calendar, filled with photos, phenology information concerning the Conservancy, the environment, wildlife and the cycle of seasons. The calendar features photos from Middleton High School photography students and local photographers. The calendar is designed by Andrea Gargas, as designer/biologist and Betsy True of TechArt. All proceeds support the Friends activities in accomplishing its mission: To Restore, Protect and Promote the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and its watershed for now and for future generations to come.
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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GoodSearch is a search engine (powered by yahoo, so it’s a good one) that donates money to a user specified non-profit each and every time a search is performed. The money comes from advertisers. If 100 FOPB members search twice/day for an entire year, we would earn $730 a year.
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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.