Ozaukee Treasures Network

Save the Date April 7, OTN Spring Conference

The Ozaukee Treasures Network

Thursday, April 7, 2016

at Wellspring, 4382 Hickory Rd. -

across from the Village of Newburg.

Directions:  Hwy. 33 to Newburg.  Turn on and take Main Street through town. Cross the bridge on Main St. and take an immediate right

on Hickory Rd.  Wellspring’s driveway is 3/4 mile from the bridge.)

 

Come at 5:00pm if you want to take a tour of the farm.

The Potluck Meal will be at 5:30 followed by 2 presentations:

 

Pat Marchese  Protecting the River

The Milwaukee River is a Treasure of Oz!

“The water in the river and the water that flows to it are carrying more pollution.

Learn practical things we can do help our river improve and stay clean.”

Overview of the watershed

The river water is impaired

What is being done to restore and protect.

What can you do to save the River!!!

 

Mary Ann Ihm – Regenerative Agriculture

Maintaining farm soil as a living organism

Productive organic practices

Managing rain water

Protecting wildlife habitat and river shoreline

Respecting the flood plain & watershed

Late Winter Gathering

What: OTN Late Winter Gathering:

When and where: February 4th, 5:30 pm Riveredge Nature Center in the barn

Directions - click here

Dinner: chili, bread and sides (If anyone would like to contribute a crock of their specialty chili or some bread or a side dish, please let me know at least a week ahead.)

As always, feel free to bring a beverage of your choice to share.

RSVP: You are welcome to bring guests. Please let me know if you are coming and if you are bringing anyone else along. Thank you in advance!

New Tools for the Toolbox -

Andrew Struck, Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Director:

Title: Ozaukee County Coastal Resource Open Space Master Planning

Executive Summary

Land use changes and invasive vegetation have dramatically and permanently altered Lake Michigan basin habitat available for fish and wildlife, and these changes diminish the ecological productivity of our natural areas and open spaces. Our vision is to have a series of protected properties that build upon existing environmental corridors, provide critical habitat for wildlife and migratory and non-migratory birds and protect land and water resources. While the Park and Open Space Plan (POSP) for Ozaukee County details land and water protection and restoration efforts and those of partnering organizations, it does not specify the parcel-level planning necessary for on-the-ground implementation and landowner coordination. The Ozaukee County Coastal Resource Open Space Master Plan (Master Plan) is a parcel-level planning effort for prioritization of parcels for preservation and restoration that will be used to inform and update the POSP.

The Master Plan uses GIS to systematically rank and prioritize parcels best suited for preservation and restoration activities according to a suite of analysis factors including biodiversity, impervious surfaces, stream impediments, riparian buffers, forested areas, groundwater recharge potential, and distance to protected areas. The current study area consists of parcels within the Sauk, Sucker, Onion, and Direct Lake Michigan Drainage watersheds, 85% of which drains directly to Lake Michigan in Ozaukee County. The overall goals of this Master Plan are to: 1.) Preserve and enhance ecological productivity and water quality, ecosystem services, natural resource management through preservation and restoration of environmental corridors, natural areas, and open spaces; 2.) Maintain prime agricultural lands; 3.) Promote compact and efficient patterns of urban development. These goals can be achieved through planning of preservation and restoration actions on priority parcels as identified in the Master Plan and POSP.

Nick MIller, Science Director for The Nature Conservancy's Madison office.

Wetlands play key roles in maintaining biodiversity and ecological integrity. They also function as natural infrastructure for ecosystem services that support people and communities. Because wetlands multi-task so well, their preservation and restoration is relevant to many stakeholders beyond those who typically invest in wetland conservation. The Nature Conservancy is working with Wisconsin DNR to develop a planning tool that supports the collective effort of these stakeholders. The tool takes a watershed approach to assessing ecosystem service needs, and then demonstrates where restoring former wetlands, and protecting exisitng wetlands, has the potential to meet those needs.

Intended users range from municipalities interested in storm and floodwater management, to outdoor enthusiasts concerned with fish and wildlife habitat. The project is based on analyses of spatial data in a GIS and builds on previous projects including several supported by Ozaukee County. The Milwaukee River basin is one of three watersheds statewide where on-the-ground testing will be used to validate and improve the tool’s usefulness. The ecosystem services included are: flood abatement, water quality (sediment capture, phosphorus reduction, and nitrate removal), shoreline protection, carbon storage, floristic quality, stream baseflow support, fish and aquatic habitat, and wildlife habitat.

MORE:

Please let me know if you or your organization received any honors or completed a major project so I can add that info to our website!

From John Hoff:

Natural Burial Workshop: Returning to the Wisdom of Our Past at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Saturday, March 12 | 9:00am – 4:00pm (registration at 8:30am)

In this all-day workshop, local professionals (listed below) will share their experiences, explain alternative arrangements now available locally, and provide you with plenty of resources.

Conventional funeral and burial practices in the U.S. are only about four to five generations old and are very different from most practices elsewhere in the world. For many, it’s a difficult conversation to have regarding personal arrangements and questioning why we do what we do concerning our deceased loved ones. There are alternative and more natural approaches to caring for our deceased and their burial.

Come to this Saturday workshop and harvest the wisdom of our past by learning how to care for a deceased loved one at home and returning their remains to the Earth using the age-old practice of natural burial. Caring for a loved one prior to burial or cremation is not only the last act of love but the first step in the healing process.

The day will include:

∑ A screening the film, “A Family Undertaking”

∑ Presentations from four area professionals listed below

∑ Lunch (* included if you’re signed up prior to Friday, March 5)

∑ A 4-person panel discussion to answer any and all questions you might have

This event is handicap accessible.

Pre-registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880. (*Lunch is included if you’re signed up prior to Friday, March 5)

M: $40
NM: $50

Third Annual Krier Volunteer Event

Fourteen volunteers (including representatives from Ozaukee County Land and Water Management, Ozaukee Treasures Network, Pheasants Forever, Clay Ridge Hunt Club, and Eco-Resource Consulting) planted over 1700 native wetland and aquatic plants on the B. Bruce Krier Conservancy on Saturday, August 15th. This was the third annual volunteer work day, bringing the total native wetland plants installed to nearly 6000 since the first event in 2013. Native aquatic species such as arrowhead, bulrush, pickerelweed, and bur-reed were planted in the water along with several native sedges and wetland grasses which were planted on the shorelines.

This 28-acre floodplain restoration in Belgium Township along both sides of Suckerbrook Creek commenced in 2011 with survey work, planning, and permitting. Over 300,000 cubic yards of colluvium (mineral soil transported from farmland into wetlands during decades of heavy rain events) was excavated from the wetland and land-spread onto adjacent upland cropland. These associated uplands were removed from agricultural use and restored into prairie along with extensive native re-seeding, plant installation, and invasive species management in the wetland. The wetland also hosts three scrapes which are heavily utilized by numerous species of wildlife.

The wetland restoration was the dream of Bruce Krier, who lost his battle with cancer late in 2013. Krier’s family owned this land and utilized it over two generations for vegetable production. Cropping took a heavy toll on the soils and in the early 1990’s Krier began to retire lands from intensive cropping practices and converting them to grasslands. Today, nearly 300 acres of native prairie grasslands have been restored and are managed primarily with the use of prescribed fire.

Since Bruce’s passing, Bruce’s nephew John Rassel is in the process of forming a non-profit organization that will preserve the land, continue with management and restoration efforts, and avail the land for botanical and wildlife research and youth conservation education.

Eco-Resource Consulting, an ecological restoration and consulting firm in Stoughton, Wisconsin oversees restoration and ecological monitoring activities. Future plans include a trail network with interpretive signage, bridges over Suckerbrook Creek, and several infrastructure improvements such as a nature center and pavilion.