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July 2021 eNews

From Resilience to Recovery!

Message from Board of Directors - 2018-2021 President, Marjie Tomter

Shortly after I took office as the President of the Board of Directors, Tom Stolp and I were standing in the field on the west side of the Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs land. We were recording a little video for social media to air the next day about how excited we were to have purchased this significant parcel on the shore of Lake Michigan. I was so excited.

At that time, our acquisition of the land was linked to a developer who was going to sell us a portion of the property and develop the rest as a vineyard and private homes… a very forward-thinking idea. Due to unforeseen circumstances with the developer, unfortunately, the closing did not happen. However, the story doesn’t begin or end there…

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June 2021 Stew News

Volunteer work on the Preserves!

OWLT has had a busy couple of months working diligently at the preserves. Spring has flown by and introduced ongoing and new stewardship tasks for the summer. We are so thankful for the volunteers that have helped make many successes possible. Several workdays are on the calendar and volunteers are always needed. Join us!

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Employment Opportunity - Communications & Engagement Coordinator

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is seeking a dedicated individual with a passion for conservation, a creative vision and skill to communicate the needs of OWLT, and the ability to motivate others to support our mission through engagement.  

Communications & Engagement Coordinator

Qualifications

  • Impeccable writing and speaking skills to create compelling messages to supporters.
  • Ability to create elegantly designed publications for print and web.
  • Proven track record of building professional relationships and passion for connecting people to an organization’s mission.
  • Driven leader who is ready to take ownership and provide thought leadership. We are not a team of micromanagers - we are team players!
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May 2021 eNews

Life on the Preserves!

It is wonderful to see the transitions of life when visiting the preserves during the spring months. It is evident in the early weeks of the season as the frogs chirp away and in the following weeks with the various migrating birds' songs. It can be witnessed as the early budding plant life breaks through the earth to the blossoms of colorful flowers that will continually change in the coming months. The roaring rushing water of early spring gradually slows to calmly rapids. The quiet early seasonal walks of reflection transform to bustling hikes of awe. These vibrant changes tell us that, through it all, nature remains!l to see the transitions of life when visiting the preserves during the spring months. It is evident in the early weeks of the season as the frogs chirp away and in the following weeks with the various migrating birds' songs. It can be witnessed as the early budding plant life breaks through the earth to the blossoms of colorful flowers that will continually change in the coming months. The roaring rushing water of early spring gradually slows to calmly rapids. The quiet early seasonal walks of reflection transform to bustling hikes of awe. These vibrant changes tell us that, through it all, nature remains!

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April 2021 - Stew News

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

HAPPY VOLUNTEER WEEK

This is most definitely a busy time of the year. Today we celebrate EARTH DAY!

This week is also Volunteer Week and we want to thank our dedicated volunteers for all of their assistance. We couldn't do it without you. If you haven't gotten a chance to volunteer this Stew News contains information on many opportunities and you can always visit our calendar for updated workday information.

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March 2021 eNews

From Resilience to Recovery!

It was this time last year that we sent out an email message entitled "Nature Preserves Remain OPEN!"

With the state of Wisconsin's order to close nonessential businesses, we made the promise to keep all 32 of our nature preserves free and open to the public. The need for access to the outdoors for safe, socially-distant outdoor recreation created huge demands on nature preserves, with some properties seeing three times as many visitors as normal.

Like every business, we made sacrifices. We spent the first weeks of the pandemic figuring out how to move to a safer-at-home virtual work environment. Out of respect for the frontline charities that were providing healthcare and much-needed social services, we temporarily shut down our fundraising program and put our team to work communicating the principles of recreating responsibly to the influx of new nature preserve users. In lieu of large-scale volunteer events, we were creative at implementing ways in which to achieve the goals needed to accomplish the OWLT mission.

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ARTservancy

ARTservancy - A Creative Partnership

This yearlong residency program featured the work of twelve artists who each selected a land trust preserve to engage with to create a body of artwork. On-site programming was coordinated at various sites throughout the year. The objective of ARTservancy is to promote the visionary work of both the artists and the land conservation, culminating in an exhibition a Gallery 224.

The ARTservancy blog, The Natural Realm, is hosted by Eddee Daniel, Project Director for A Wealth of Nature. Over the course of the year, Eddee meets with each of the ARTservancy artists at the preserves they celebrated through their work. Each of Eddee's blog's provide insight into the artist's yearlong creative journey to capture the beauty of special places OWLT helps to preserve and protect.

“ARTservancy is a truly unique collaborative project, which yields inspiring works of art capturing the essence of what makes the preserves so special. Through the creative lens of the artist, ARTservancy affords us the chance to celebrate and share the impact of the preserves with the community we serve, and express our gratitude to our many friends and supporters who make it all possible.” – Tom Stolp 

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Land Steward Employment Opportunity Position

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is seeking passionate individuals to assist with the stewardship, maintenance, and restoration of OWLT Preserves. Utilizing sustainable management techniques and strong initiative, Land Stewards can look forward to getting their hands dirty preserving beautiful forests, prairies, wetlands, and other natural areas within Ozaukee and Washington Counties.OWLT is a non‐profit environmental organization whose mission is to preserve the water resources, natural areas, and working lands of Ozaukee and Washington Counties.

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