On a crisp, breezy, gorgeous lake-day, nearly 200 volunteer-staff from Lands’ End got their hands dirty and feet wet in a Lake Monona shoreline clean up this morning to help start off the 25th Annual Take a Stake in the Lakes Days at Olin-Turville Park.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, State Assembly Representative (77th District) Brett Hulsey of Madison, executives from Lands End, and other dignitaries gathered on the hillside above Lake Monona and spoke of 25 years of Take a Stake in the Lakes Days and about the significance of the past and present volunteer efforts to the health of Dane County’s lakes, streams, uplands, and wetlands.
Volunteers also planted native plants in, and pulled pest species such as garlic mustard and Dame’s rocket from, Olin-Turville Park prairie and oak savanna restorations. The volunteer effort was organized and led by community members from Friends of Olin-Turville Parks.
The volunteer work party concluded about noon with a lunch in the Olin-Turville Park shelter. Many items of trash were plucked from Lake Monona, and bags of garlic mustard pulled from Olin-Turville Park woods.