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Employment Opportunity: Land Steward Position

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is seeking a passionate and qualified individual to help accomplish our ecological goals across our preserves.

Based primarily in the field, Land Stewards will work closely with OWLT staff to conserve and restore Land Trust properties in Ozaukee and Washington Counties. In addition to assisting with land management and maintenance, Land Stewards will help to successfully integrate volunteer training and involvement, participate in long-term ecological monitoring, support conservation education, and assist with duties related to conservation easements and management plans.

Stewardship inspires an understanding and appreciation of conservation in the ever- changing fabric of our biological community. Utilizing sustainable management techniques and a hard-working mentality, stewardship employees can look forward to getting their hands dirty preserving beautiful forests, prairies, and other natural areas within Ozaukee and Washington Counties.

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2018 Approved Permit News Release

Permits Approved by WDNR for Chemical Treatment of Invasive Phragmites and Lyme grass in Sheboygan, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties

Working closely with property owners and organizational partners, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) has protected over 28 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline from problematic invasive plant species such as non-native Phragmites and Lyme grass since 2015.  The invasive, non-native variety of Phragmites threatens the ecological health of wetlands and the Great Lakes coastal shoreline. Invasive Phragmites creates tall, dense stands which degrade wetlands and coastal areas by crowding out wildlife habitat; reducing native fish and plant populations; blocking shoreline views; limiting access for swimming, fishing, and hunting; and creating fire hazards from dry plant material.  

OWLT’s work has not only served to identify Phragmites and Lyme grass populations, but also has advanced partnerships to help control their spread and mitigate their impact.

Under OWLT’s current Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding, a second year of chemical treatments will occur in September 2018. The approved Chemical Aquatic Plant Control Application and Permit’s from WDNR are available for viewing below. In addition, chemical fact sheets for the herbicides to be used during treatment are available for viewing.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Christine at or (262) 338-1794.

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Great Lakes Restoration Funding Restored

For Immediate Release

Congress Makes the Right Call on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: Providing Communities with Cost-effective Conservation Programs

By fully funding the very popular and impactful Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), Congress guarantees our generation’s best chance to protect and restore the Great Lakes.

Since 2009, GLRI has returned to our states more than $2 billion in the eight-state region. The successful initiative has removed toxic waste from industrial sites, combatted invasive species such as Asian carp, restored critical wildlife habitat and maintained clean drinking water for 40 million Americans. However, President Trump’s original budget released last year slashed funding for the vital program by 90 percent.

In our communities of Ozaukee and Washington counties and the surrounding region, GLRI has been a godsend for our families who depend on a healthy Lake Michigan for our drinking water, our economy, and our way of life.

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OWLT Seeks National Accreditation Renewal

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is pleased to announce that it is applying for renewal of its national accreditation with The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.  The Commission recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national best-practice standards in protecting important natural landscapes and working lands. To learn more about the accreditation program, please visit http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

During the accreditation renewal process, the Commission conducts an extensive review of OWLT’s policies and programs as they relate to the ethical and technical operation of the land trust. As OWLT prepared for accreditation renewal, staff, board and committee members reviewed current policies and practices with the goal of enhancing operations, thereby leading to more effective land conservation in our community.

The renewal of our independent accreditation is in further fulfillment of our promise to protect the natural resources of Ozaukee and Washington Counties in perpetuity. Through accreditation, OWLT demonstrates to our donors, members and the public that we are a trusted and professional conservation partner and take seriously our promise of permanent protection of our most cherished natural resources.

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Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Brings New Community Leadership to Board of Directors

Marjie Tomter
Marjie Tomter, newly elected President of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust

The board of directors of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) has elected a new slate of executive leadership for the upcoming year, with community leader Marjie Tomter as President.

Tomter, a retired educator and administrator has served on OWLT’s board since 2011 and been a member since 1995.

“We’re thrilled to have the leadership of Marjie Tomter as President,” said Tom Stolp, Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Executive Director. “Marjie is one of those proven community connectors and is truly representative of the conservation ethic held by our supporters and the land owners we work with across the community.”

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Draft Plan for Open for Public Comment

Sheboygan and Ozaukee Counties, Wisconsin

Draft Phragmites and Japanese Knotweed Management Plan

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Inc. (OWLT) is partnering with the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc. (SEWISC) and Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. (Stantec) to draft a management plan detailing proposed treatment strategies to control non-native invasive species along the Lake Michigan shoreline, connected wetlands and riparian area and select inland areas within Sheboygan and Ozaukee Counties. OWLT intends to apply for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Control Grant funding to fulfill the goals and objective set forth in the plan.

 Phragmites and Japanese knotweed are particularly troublesome in that they form dense stands that crowd out native vegetation, resulting in reduced plant species diversity and wildlife habitat quality. Dense stands are inhospitable to native birds, have lowered invertebrate densities, reduce the ecological value of shorelines and can also impact the hydrologic regime of wetlands by increasing evaporation and trapping sediment.

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Remembering a Conservation Hero

The world lost a conservation hero on Sunday. Michael Frome was a nationally known journalist and a tireless advocate for environmental stewardship. He was a supporter of protecting our wild lands and a member of OWLT. 

michael frome

Michael's message will carry on through his books and countless articles published throughout his historic career. Michael was an icon in the national environmental community, spending time at different universities teaching environmental journalism while still maintaining his passion and voice for conservation issues.    

After he retired, Michael and his wife June moved to Port Washington where he continued to write and educate on local conservation issues and publish books. Michael was 96 when he passed away. The final edition of Portogram, his bi-weekly blog can be viewed below or by clicking here   PORTOGRAM_The_Last_Page.pdf

The Portogram also included a summary of Michael's life...

Michael Frome has been well known as author, educator and tireless champion of America’s natural heritage. The late Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, the father of Earth Day, said of him, “No writer in America has more persistently and effectively argued for the need of national ethics of environmental stewardship than Michael Frome.”

Over the years Michael has been a featured columnist in Field & Stream, Los Angeles Times, American Forests and Defenders of Wildlife. He has written over twenty books, including one of his latest, Heal the Earth, Heal the Soul and his biography, Rebel on the Road—and why I was never neutral. His other books include Greenspeak, Green Ink, Battle for the Wilderness, Regreening the National Parks, and Strangers in High Places.

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