Launch Event for DMNA Nature and History Trail on July 9, 2015


Brown-eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower in a prairie planting along the SW Bike Path.

Brown-eyed Susan and Purple Coneflower in a prairie planting along the SW Bike Path.

A new walking and biking path linking neighborhood and watershed green spaces and historic sites will be launched Thursday evening July 9, 2015 from 7-8:30 pm.  The Nature and History Trail map will also be unveiled at the kickoff event.

The Dudgon-Monroe Neighborhood Association with help from Stewards of the SW Path received a City of Madison Neighborhood Place Making grant to partially fund the project. Two other public tours and educational events will be held later this summer.  (Full disclosure, this blogger was involved in conceiving and developing the trail idea and worked with DMNA on the grant application and later planning.)

Neighborhood volunteers are joined by the Blessed Sacrament Boy Scout Troop in a May, 2011 work party.  Volunteers are clearing out the Regent Street side of the SW Bike Path.  Photo by Jacob Blasczyk.

Neighborhood volunteers are joined by the Blessed Sacrament Boy Scout Troop in a May, 2011 work party. Volunteers are clearing out the Regent Street side of the SW Bike Path. Photo by Jacob Blasczyk.

The Nature and History Trail follows an easy 2-mile loop walking or biking route along existing bike paths, sidewalks, and public spaces to link many of the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood and Lake Wingra Watershed green spaces.  Along the route, neighbors can expect to see several City Parks, parts of the UW-Madison Arboretum, natural springs, woods, prairie gardens, rain gardens, and historically significant landscape features such as Native American mounds and two Jens Jensen designed council rings.

At the kickoff event, speakers representing the Friends of Lake Wingra (FoLW), the Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood Association (DMNA) and the UW-Madison Arboretum will help launch the Nature and History Trail and unveil the official trail map at a kickoff event on Thursday evening July 9, 2015.  The kickoff will begin at 7pm at the kiosk at Glenway Street and the SW Commuter Bike Path.

The Dudgeon-Monroe Prairie (also known as Sue's Prairie) at the intersection of Odana Road and the SW Bike Path.

The Dudgeon-Monroe Prairie (also known as Sue’s Prairie) at the intersection of Odana Road and the SW Bike Path.

To learn more about the trail, view the trail map,  and learn about the sights one can expect to visit, click on this link.

Photo by Sandy Stark.

Photo by Sandy Stark.

Among the trail will highlights will be projects designed, implemented, and managed by citizen (sometimes with help from the City) either working on their own, in small neighborhood volunteer groups, or in the UW-Madison Arboretum.

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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