Ozaukee Treasures Network

Workshop on Natural Burial

Natural Burial:
Returning to the Wisdom of Our Past
sponsored by Unitarian Church North's Green Committee

Saturday, March 22, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
at The Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Learn how to harvest the wisdom of our past by caring for deceased loved ones at home and returning their remains to Earth using the age-old practice of natural burial. Caring for them in this way is not only the last act of love but the first step in healing. Local professionals will share with you their experiences, explain what's possible today locally, and provide you with plenty of resources. The day will include screening the film, "A Family Undertaking" and the following speakers:

Kevin Corrado – Natural Path Sanctuary Coordinator, Verona, WI; a nature preserve burial ground affiliated with the Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability

David Brenner – Manager, Prairie Home Cemetery located in Waukesha, WI ,currently offering natural burials in a restored prairie and the traditional cemetery
Jeff Kleczka – Funeral Director, Prasser Kleczka Funeral Homes, is following the return to natural burial and in-home care for the deceased movements very closely and will share his perspectives

Margaret Brill – trained volunteer for in-home care for the deceased and ritual planning

Cost: $30 before March 15th; $35 after March 15th
Lunch included; Reservations Required

To Register, call John at 262-377-3358
Mail checks to UCN Green Burial Workshop,
13800 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53097

For More Info: Visit

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E. Brown Deer Road
Bayside, WI 53217

Legacies Left and Begun

Legacies Left

Noel Cutright

Ozaukee County and the entire state of Wisconsin birding community were saddened at Noel Cutright's departure from our midst.

Perhaps the best of so many tributes to Noel is this one that begins " He knew why migratory warblers traveling north from the Caribbean and South America found Wisconsin such a perfect place to land.  They travel by night, Noel Cutright said. "When it gets light they say, 'Uh-oh, I'm over water. I need to find land.' That's why the western shore of Lake Michigan is so important for migrant birds,..."  by Jan Uerbelherr that ran in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal. We would print it here but for copyright concerns, so please check out this link it is a beautiful tribute.

Noel's service was held at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, home of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, the most recent addition to his long history of accomplishments.  Hundreds of people came to share stories about Noel and the wonderful legacy that he left.

Noel will be both greatly missed and always remembered by all of us in Ozaukee, as a mentor, an innovator, a visionary and a crack ornithologist. Noel's presence stood solidly behind so many of our organizations. Even he understood the magic of his endorsement; he worked to be sure that the Riveredge Bird Club, which he founded, made the initial donation to a start-up to ensure it would succeed. He never missed.

Bruce Krier

Our most recent OTN gathering focused on two projects, one of which was the Krier Wetland Restoration in Belgium. Clay Frazer and Steve Hjort not only talked about the restoration itself, but how they worked through all kinds of weather as time was of the essence. Bruce was fighting cancer and this wetland restoration, the largest private wetland restoration in Wisconsin, was his dream. He wanted to see it to completion.  Besides the wetland restoration, his legacy includes the Bruce Krier Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to education and community projects.

Bruce passed away on December 5, 2013.  

and Legacies Begun

Town of Grafton Legacy Trail

The Town of Grafton recently gave a name to its trail in progress - the Grafton Legacy Trail, so named because it will take years to complete and because it is a gift to future residents to enjoy the open spaces that have drawn current residents to live the town, something they almost take for granted. The trail is currently about a mile in length, with another mile or so under easement and waiting for construction. The entire trail is mapped and will run a little over 15 miles from the north end to the south end of the Town when.  It is a multi-use trail and includes horseback riding to meet the Town's long-standing and growing equestrian presence.

The Ulao and Mole Creeks Re-meanders

The Milwaukee River Watershed Fish Passage Program is, among other things, funding work on both Ulao Creek and Mole Creek.

Parts of Ulao Creek were trenched for farming convenience and a section was buried for interstate construction. The area just north of Hwy. 60/Ulao Road and extending north of Arrowhead Road is being rerouted into a lovely meander, similar to what it was in pre-settlement times. Along with the meander, wetland scrapes will extend the spawning areas for the fish that are returning as a result of the Fish Passage Program's work in Ozaukee County.

This work is being done on private lands with owner contracts. Ulao Creek land owners are very excited about the project. Most are members of the Ulao Creek Partnership, which has worked for years to improve the health of this beautiful little creek and watershed. UCP is very much involved in partnering with this effort. Andrew Struck and Matt Aho are our OTN connections on this project, along with August Hoppe and Paul Helms from Ulao Creek Partnership.

Mole Creek is experiencing a similar reconstruction just south of Hillcrest Road in the Town of Saukville. The goal of this project is to create habitat that will support cold to cool-water fish and other aquatic life, including trout and to provide riparian habitat for wildlife. Willl Wawrzyn and Andy Holschbach are our OTN connections for Mole Creek.

March Meet-Up to focus on small organic farms

Topic: How and why land trusts and county planners need to actively engage in making land available to small organic farm producers. Focus is on the economic benefits to communities and the environmental benefits to natural area preservation.

This program will be held the week of March 17th.  More detailed information will be coming as to date, location and time.

Dr. Brad Leibov, President and CEO of Liberty Prairie Foundation (Grayslake , IL) will be our presenter.

This program was suggested by Steve Sandlin, who has heard Dr, Leibov on this topic. Steve's comments:

"Fantastic and engaging. LPF has been very successful in developing lease agreements and protocol for establishing small sustainable farm enterprises on property held by land trusts and on public land."

OTN Steering is very excited about his coming talk as well.  Here are two of the many positive comments from Steering.

"I think this would be a fabulous program. It would be beneficial to any organization or individual who is interested in preserving land. At times, it can be a struggle to come up with the "right" things to say about why it is important to preserve land – particularly when you "just know" it's the right thing. Hearing the case for support would be wonderful."

Jessica Jens

Executive Director


Riveredge Nature Center

"This would be a very worthwhile event that fits the focus of the OTN very well. Sustainable agriculture is an important link in our effort to preserve our open space, etc.....

I actually had a person from Fox Point contact our office last week seeking land in the Ulao Creek watershed on which to grow organic produce on easement land...

Would be beneficial to learn more."

Andy Holschbach