With funding from the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and the WI DNR-Citizen Based Monitoring Program, the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog have initiated a new program.
The Bog Guardian Program is designed to stop the advance of invasive plants, such as Teasel and Wild Parsnip, that have yet to reach the Bog, the UWM Field Station and nearby State Natural areas.
We have hired Jamie Sue Beaupré to manage this program. She has already begun working to develop a cadre of volunteers, Bog Guardians, to patrol area roads to locate, eradicate and monitor invasive plants. She has also contacted area road/highway departments to lay the groundwork for ongoing cooperation and support. We will also be contacting neighboring landowners to elicit their cooperation and support.
Once established, it is intended that the Bog Guardians, with help from neighboring landowners and communities, will sustain this program into the future and keep invasive plants out of the Bog, UWM Field Station and State Natural Areas.
For information, contact:
Jamie Sue Beaupré, Manager
Bog Guardian Program
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The new Mud Lake boardwalk is complete and we couldn't have done that without our amazing volunteers. These incredible individuals built, and they toted, and they did the whole thing with smiles and laughter. Thank you for you work to complete this wonderful boardwalk!
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Purpose: This documents the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog (FOCB) comments on the WDNR’s Draft Master Plan for the Bog. The opinions represented herein are the consensus of the Board of Directors and may not represent each individual member's opinions. That’s why we are encouraging members to actively comment during this phase of the planning process. Please submit your input/concerns directly to the DNR’s planners at:
Background: The DNR has published a DRAFT version of a master planning document that covers the Cedarburg Bog State Natural Area. The document covers a wide variety of State owned parks and property—so the attachment to this email is a consolidated version that shows the parts that are pertinent to the Cedarburg Bog. The draft master plan document is at the DNR’s website> Add a comment >
FOCB Strategic Plan 2014-2017.pdf (Click on a PDF version of the FOCB Strategic Plan for 2014-2017.)
A COMPASS FOR THE BOG
The Bog is a great place to watch a sunrise. The prototypical moment occurs as the sun clears the rising mist, making tiny ephemeral diamonds of the hoar frost on the cattails. A squadron of teal roar—yes, roar—overhead, startling me as I enjoy the last of my thermos’d coffee. Night yields to lavenders, then red-oranges and finally, full daylight. A day well-started, I would say.
So I joined the Friends from some sense of obligation to repay an anthropomorphized Bog for these precious moments. We may all have similar-but-different reasons for being members—they serve as a basic unifying theme for this Friends group.
I paddle Mud Lake without any navigational gear other than my eyes--I know it well enough to get where I need and back. But if someone asked how to get to say, McBroom’s blind, it’d be nice to have a map and compass headings. So when I think about harnessing the passions and talents of the FOCB, there's value to having a chart that marks shoals and channels and destination “ports”, and the compass courses we’ll take to get there (please pardon my nautical lingo—I am slave my sailor background).> Add a comment >
By Jim Reinartz, UWM Field Station director
The Friends of Cedarburg Bog have been working hard to control buckthorn in the Bog.
There are three invasive plants that currently pose the greatest threat to the native plant communities of the Bog. Purple loosestrife is a relatively new invader in the marshes surrounding Mud Lake. From 2000 to 2010 the UWM Field Station, with the help of Don Bezella, selectively herbicided the individuals and patches of purple loosestrife that we could find. It eventually became obvious that locating scattered plants among the 8-foot-high cattails in the marsh around the lake was neither feasible nor sustainable over the long term. In 2012 and 2013 we released biological control beetles in patches of Mud Lake purple loosestrife. We will raise and release more beetles in 2014, and will have an opportunity to evaluate whether our previous releases have started to have an effect.
Narrow-leaved cattail, and hybrids between that species and our native broad-leaved cattail, have taken over most of the marsh areas around all of the lakes in the Bog and along the stream crossed by the Field Station boardwalk. There is no known control method for these invasive cattails that would be feasible in the Bog. The Bog will have to live with narrow-leaved cattail.
The most widespread and abundant invasive plant in the Cedarburg Bog is glossy buckthorn, occurring at relatively high density in every part of the Bog except those cattail marshes, which appear to be too wet for it to grow. While there is no hope of eradicating glossy buckthorn from the Bog with known control methods, there is the possibility, with a lot of work, to keep glossy buckthorn at a manageable level in selected parts of the wetland.