Friends member honored for valley restoration plan

Nancy Aten, a member of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, has been honored with a major national award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for ecological restoration plans and design of lands in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley. 
 The Honor Award from ASLA recognizes Nancy and her firm Landscapes of Place, along with the design team of Dan Collins and Marc White of White Ecological.   Using the varied topography along the river, the plan makes extensive efforts to provide an effective restoration method and trajectory for each of several Wisconsin ecological community types including a range of forest, savanna, and prairie communities, from dry-mesic to wet-mesic.  The ASLA jury was particularly impressed with the community involvement and the connection of the plan to detailed implementation phases.  

To see more about this design, go to  http://www.asla.org/2011awards/436.html  and use the right arrow button to click through the set of 15 project images.

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Bog Friends elect 5 board members

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog saw the retirement of two board members, the re-election of three current members and the introduction and election of two new members. The meeting, preceded by a potluck cookout and bog hikes, was held Sunday Oct. 2 at the Field Station.

The new board members are:

·      Jennifer K. (Jeff) Rothstein, a member of the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors and an environmental educator at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. She serves as vice chair of the supervisors' Natural Resources Committee and also is a member of the county's Land Preservation Board.

·      John O’Donnell, a nearly lifelong birder and a self-described  "evolving naturalist" active with both the Bog Friends and the Riveredge Bird Club. He is a member of the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology, the Urban Ecology Center, the International Crane Foundation and the Sierra Club. John has been co-leading bird walks, owl prowls, and participating in bird migration census work at the Bog for the last three years. He has led  national and international backcountry and natural history tours for the Sierra Club for almost 20 years.

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Land trust honors Bog Board vice president

Kate Redmond, vice president of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, has again been honored for doing the work she loves.

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust awarded Kate its Outreach Award at its 20th annual fundraising dinner in August at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve.

The land trust said Kate demonstrates excellence in educating or sharing information related to land preservation or the environment.  It noted that when she took on the challenge of developing a field guide to the Mequon Nature Preserve, the end product was a 170-page book and Web site.  Redmond also serves as editor of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog newsletter.  As editor, the land trust said, she has produced an exceptional publication that provides not only information about current events and activities at the Bog, but includes insightful, timely information about the area’s plant and animal communities.

Kate (aka The Bug Lady) also writes weekly columns that are sent out in an e-mail blast called Bug o’ the Week.  Everyone who receives an email that starts “Salutations, Bug Fans,” knows they are in for a fun lesson in entomology. 

Last year, Kate was named a Wetland Hero by the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, which recognizes individuals and groups whose work advances the protection, restoration and enjoyment of Wisconsin’s wetlands and related ecosystems. Kate won in the enjoyment category, and her citation summed it up:

"For over 30 years, Kate Redmond has brought enjoyment to the general public as a passionate photographer, writer, editor, educator, field trip leader, and wetlands advocate. Each aspect of her work has focused on sharing her wide knowledge and appreciation of the natural world, as well as her eye for both its singular and collective beauty. Kate has freely donated her professional-quality photography, writing ability, and other talents to a variety of nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin."

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Cedarburg Bog Interpretive Trail

In 2010, the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog completed the interpretive signage for a larger project to improve both public accessibility and education for the bog. The 1,656-acre Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area in Ozaukee County is a conifer swamp, the largest example of the least abundant type of wetland in southeast Wisconsin.

This was made possible in part by the $1,000 grant from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Affinity Card Naturalist Grant Program awarded in May 2010, an $800 grant from Milwaukee River Basin Partnership in 2009 and $680 from reserves held by the Friends from membership receipts.

The most recent grant was used in July 2010 to install 13 interpretive signs for a trail into the bog that is accessed from a well-maintained and highly visible DNR parking lot adjacent to Highway 33 between Saukville and Newburg. The trail is in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

The trail received much attention in the summer of 2010 with the staging of a Bog BioBlitz by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Treasures of Oz tour.

The Cedarburg Bog contains large expanses of cedar-tamarack swamp forest, in addition to marshes, shrub carr, swamp hardwoods, and both deep and shallow bog lakes. Its most unusual feature is the presence of a string or “patterned” bog, which consists of stunted cedars and tamaracks alternating with flatter, wetter areas dominated by sedges. String bogs are typically found much further north, and the Cedarburg Bog may be the southernmost string bog in all of North America.

The bog was designated a State Natural Area in 1952: it was the second property added to this program. It is owned primarily by the DNR and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which maintains its Field Station there.

The Friends of Cedarburg Bog is a nonprofit 501(c3) organization that supports preservation, stewardship, appreciation and scientific study of the Cedarburg Bog in cooperation with the DNR and UWM. Its interpretive efforts to date have revolved largely around a series of field trips and hikes into the bog and its adjacent woods. The interpretive signs, which include text and color photography, are an attempt to offer an educational experience to Bog visitors 365 days a year.

The signs interpret the value of wetlands, the role of the bog and Cedar Creek in the Milwaukee River watershed, the glacial history of the area, the physical makeup of the bog, Native American habitation, habitats, ecological relationships and individual plant and animal members of the bog community.

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