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Friends Awarded $200K to Control Buckthorn

Exciting news! The FOCB was recently granted nearly $200,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency to control buckthorn in the Cedarburg Bog. This grant size is an order of magnitude larger than any previous Friends’ grant and will fund the removal of fruiting-sized buckthorn from over 600 acres of the Bog. Funding is also being provided by the Friends and its invasives control partners—the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin—the total budget is nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

This federal grant resulted from the planning efforts of FOCB Board members Dr. James Reinartz and Bruce Ross, who donated scores of hours to put together a grant proposal the EPA found competitive amongst nearly 40 other applicants. The EPA program falls under the federal government’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). 

Our project will entail hiring a two-year project manager (see job description below) to coordinate the buckthorn removal efforts and the other aspects of the grant. In the next two autumns and winters, additional staff will be hired to cut and treat the buckthorn in the interior of the Bog when it’s more accessible. The project will also include a landowner outreach program and public seminars on the importance of wetlands (like the Bog) to water quality in the Great Lakes and practical methods to control invasives on your property. 

Only one-third of the nearly 2,200 acres of the Bog will be addressed with this funding because of practical limits in what can be accomplished in the two years of this project, and the fact that control in these areas will need to be sustained in the future in order to be effective. But the areas selected for control efforts include examples of all the communities within the Bog. And an important part of the project is the development of an invasives control sustainment plan that will help guide future control efforts within the bog.

Receiving the grant is a big deal—for both the landscape of the Bog and your Friends’ organization.  There are lots of ways you can be a part of this effort, from on-the-ground invasive control work, to administrative support, and of course, financial support. Send an email to to explore ways to be a part of this exciting project. And if you’re interested in the project manager position, see the job description below.

Project_Manager_Job_Description.pdf

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Cedarburg Bog Buckthorn Control Project Manager Position

The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog (FOCB) seeks a Cedarburg Bog Buckthorn Control Project Manager for two years - 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2017, pending timing of grant funding. This position is a limited term position working for the FOCB under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding. The FOCB will consider applicant packages in March 2015, and then when funding is provided by the EPA (expected in late March 2015), hire and orient the person selected to fill this position in April 2015.

Detailed Job Description:

Project_Manager_Job_Description.pdf

Project_Manager_Job_Description.docx

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Building for Wildlife Event on Friday, February 20

Building for Wildlife

Friday, February 20, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Providing nest boxes can attract more wildlife to your property. You are invited to spend the evening with the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog and gain expert tips on the design, installation and care of predator-proof wildlife roosting and nesting boxes for bluebirds, kestrels, owls, wood ducks and more.

Reservations are required. For more information and to register, click the Left tab: Events > Calendar of Events > Click to find February 20. You may also send an email to , or call (262) 675-6844.

There is no charge for this event; however a $5 donation to the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog is appreciated.

Event Invitation: Building_Wildlife_Invite_2-20-15.docx

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Anyone coming to the Bog this weekend? Please read here.

Cedarburg Bog ice conditions along the route of the Winter Hike – as of Tuesday, 1/20/2015. 

Conditions may change by Sunday, 1/25. Friday and Saturday are forecast to be warm (mid-30s), which may mean more wet slush over the ice. The best footwear for the hike is likely to be: Winter boots that have a waterproof lower part. There will be solid, safe ice all the way to Long, and Donut Lakes, but there will be wet slush over the ice. However, the margin of Long Lake has open spots, and we will not be able to walk out onto Long Lake. “Gripons”, or ice cleats, are not likely to be necessary since there is very little slick ice, but I always bring mine along anyway. The Friends of Cedarburg Bog will have Gripons available for sale for $16/pair, cash or check. Bog hikers must be willing to accept the risk associated with this hike off-trail in the Bog. There is always an unavoidable risk of tripping and falling. Glasses are always a good safety measure to avoid getting poked in the eye.

From Jim Reinartz, Director, UWM Field Station, 3095 Blue Goose Road, Saukville, WI 53080, (262) 675-6844, , www.fieldstation.uwm.edu

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