Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

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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.

Read more at NatureNOW news.

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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February 2021 - Stew News

Looking Forward to an Eventful Year!

In the midst of freezing temperatures and mounds of snow, we look to Spring with anticipation and hope. Our organizational winter activities include planning for the upcoming field season. This year our projects will include woody invasive species removal, prescribed burns, spring river clean-ups, garlic mustard and other invasive species removals, and tree plantings. Spring is already full of a 'whorl' of activities to support the health of the community, wildlife, and natural landscapes.

We invite you to get involved with our outdoor volunteer opportunities all in a safe and healthy outdoor environment.  

Read more at NatureNOW news.

January 2021 eNews

Looking Forward to a New Year!

2020 is behind us and we welcome a new year of exciting plans and possibilities. This NEW YEAR'S article, the first of 2021, is a message of hope and possibility. We want to share with you the wonderful mission-focused activities and opportunities OWLT has in the works.

We invite you to get involved through support and outdoor volunteer opportunities. The beauty of our mission is that we offer YOU opportunities that support the health of the community, wildlife, and natural landscapes all in a safe and healthy outdoor environment.

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December 2020 Stew News

 As 2020 comes to a close we are thrilled with the achievements we were able to accomplish during a challenging year. Thank you to dedicated volunteers and supporters that helped us achieve many predetermined tasks.

We would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season. Happy New Year!

Prescribed Management

All ecosystems depend on disturbance to complete their functional cycle. Most notably prairie ecosystems thrive on disturbance to set back succession. Succession is defined as the evolution over time of the composition and structure of a biological community. 

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November 2020 eNews

I want to take some time in the eNews to share a heartfelt thanks to all of you, our wonderful supporters. Without you we would not be able to achieve the OWLT mission.

This year is a true testament to the value of providing free and open outdoor spaces to the community. Our preserves provide natural settings that offer opportunities for recreation, reflection, and refuge. Thank you for supporting the preserves that serve so many people. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday filled with peace, good food, and some special time on the trails.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tom Stolp

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