We have acquired
the 60-acre Genesee Lake Road Tamarack Preserve, thanks to the
generosity of our members and supporters! This preserve abuts our 50
acre Summit Bog property and is home to many species of special
interest, including the showy lady's slipper (pictured on the right),
the woodcock, the blue-winged warbler, and the cerulean warbler.
are not quite finished. . .We still need to raise $21,250 to cover the
acquisition related costs (i.e. appraisal, survey, and legal fees) and
the first year stewardship and restoration costs. Once we protect
a piece land, we must care for it or it will degrade--destroying
the land we wanted to protect.
On August 13, 2011 The Waukesha County Land Conservancy
completed the purchase of a 110 acre addition to the Ottawa Wildlife
Refuge with the help of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund.
The site contains a mixture of uplands and wetlands and expands the
wildlife habitat range of the Ottawa Wildlife Refuge to 500 acres and
increased the total land protected to over 2,700 acres.