Hey University of Wisconsin-Madison employees, got plans for your furlough day on Monday May 16? Sure you do, but why not also make time for a few hours at the Lakeshore Nature Preserve’s Furlough Day of Service. It will be a great opportunity to get outdoors, give back to the community, and learn a bit more about the ecology of some the native plant communities of Dane County, Wisconsin. Plus you will become well acquainted with garlic mustard.
The Lakeshore Nature Preserve on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of those great civic treasures that make Madison a great place to live. The Preserve’s environmental program combines protection and restoration of natural areas, with intellectual and aesthetic enjoyment, and environmental stewardship involving people from both university and the Madison community. The Preserve is part of the UW-Madison division of Facilities Planning & Management and carries out its restoration and management work with a very small staff.
The Lakeshore Nature Preserve manages about 300 acres of remnant and restored prairies, savannas, and woodlands that are heavily used by faculty, staff, students, and community members. People value The Preserve because of its contributions to teaching, research, and outreach. The Preserve, nestled along the shore of Lake Mendota, also has lands that centuries of human activities have impacted. The site has been popular with Native Americans who built effigy mounds to modern-day humans who built housing developments, roads, and utility infrastructure.
Current management challenges of storm water management, invasive species, and regulating public use, will sound familiar to anyone who has tried to manage an urban restoration site.
For more information about the Preserve and how you can get involved, email the Preserve.