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August 2020 Stew News


We have had a busy summer creating new ways to effectively achieve the OWLT mission. We want to recognize all the faithful supporters and volunteers for helping us achieve many goals. This issue will highlight some of our Mission in Action successes.

Special Announcement

Congratulations to Christine Bohn, OWLT Project Coordinator, for being honored by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Rotary established this recognition "in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships." Read more

Pull-a-Thon Perseverance

Maintaining the Health of the Land: Invasive species removal 

The removal of non-native species is not only important for the health of the land and plant life, but also the critters that call the preserves home.

In collaboration with SEWISC's Garlic Mustard Pull-a-Thon, a volunteer team of 25 dedicated 177 hours to pull 1000 lbs of invasive species.

Creative Solutions = Success

New Management Tool: Goats help increase our capacity to control invasive buckthorn

The Grazing Goats Crew came

back to snack 

After munching leaves off nearly 6 acres of invasive buckthorn at Mequon’s Pukaite Wood's in June, the goats moved on to other properties in the greater Ozaukee area. But they are came back for a second graze this season.

During the “regrowth” or rest period between grazes the buckthorn is forced to tap into its energy reserves to grow new leaves. By bringing the goats back a second time, the plants become exhausted and have little time to replenish energy reserves for the coming winter months. Like other management tools, using goats to control buckthorn takes multiple years. Dedication, patience, and commitment are important!

Help us bring the goats back next year SPONSOR A GOAT!

$10 per goat per day

$50 per goat per week

$200 per goat per season Type “Sponsor a Goat”  in the donation comments.

Sponsor a Goat

Sharing Hope with the Community

Not only was the Hurias Tree Planting recognized as the U.S. Forest Service’s Delivering the Mission project and as one of the Washington County Volunteer Centers 100 Stories of Hope, but it was also shared to spread hope to the community.

Melanie Boyung reported in a Special article for the West Bend Daily News that "During months of quarantine, distancing and face coverings that have come with the COVID-19 pandemic, one group decided to plant a Forest of Hope that will endure long after the current tribulations are past.

According to Ozaukee Washington Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator Josh Schlicht, the planting covers about 2 acres, using native tree species including white cedar, swamp white and red oak, an assortment of maples, hackberry, basswood, quaking aspen and others. “We weren’t sure we’d be able to pull it off, but we got it done. It was really great,” Schlicht said. “What’s really cool is this forest will be here for hundreds of years,” said Michelle Spettel, marketing and outreach specialist for the Volunteer Center of Washington County. The Volunteer Center recently featured the Forest of Hope in its 100 Stories of Hope program, celebrating community and hope during uncertain times."

The article continues to highlight the importance of the OWLT mission and the success of the project. 

We would like to recognize the volunteers that helped us achieve this goal and the supporters that made it possible. Thank you!


Volunteer Opportunities

  • Riverbend Conservancy Workday, Thursday, August 27th, 9am-Noon.

  • Mayhew Workday, Tuesday, September 1st, 9am-Noon.

  • Forest Beach Workday, Thursday, September 3rd, 9am-Noon.

  • Fellenz Woods Workday, Thursday September 10th, 9am-Noon.

The number of volunteers per event is restricted and all activities are pre-register only. 

Contact Josh at jschlicht@owlt.org if you are interested in registering.

In order to minimize the potential for infectious transmission of COVID-19, OWLT requires that staff, board and community members, participating in OWLT activities, adhere to state guidelines found at Wisconsin Department of Health Services.


Photo Postcard Campaign:

DO YOU LOVE Wisconsin's Natural Spaces? Share that love with your elected officials to help secure funding for these special spaces. Visit the Gathering Waters website for more information.

Peak Time on the Prairies:

If you love the pastoral beauty of prairies now is the time for a visit. The flowers are in bloom and the pollinators are busy at work. Enjoy the beauty of nature and remember to leave no trace, but take plenty of photos to share.

Post photos on OWLT forum and/or tag OWLT on social media:

  • OWLT Community Forum: NatureNOWlt.org

  • Facebook and Instagram: @owlt1992

  • Twitter: @OWLandTrust

Bike-n-Hike | Ride-n-Stride:

Digital self-guided interactive tour map available on the:

Bike-n-Hike | Ride-n-Stride webpage.


If your company is interested in sponsoring (and being added to the maps) and/or providing raffle items for this activity contact Leona at lknobloch@owlt.org.

ARTservancy: Sept 2020

Artists in Residence on the various nature preserves are developing creative and beautiful pieces of art. Stay tuned to the upcoming opportunities to enjoy their creations. To learn more about the artists visit OWLT.org ARTservancy or Gallery224.

Artist registration now open for the 2020/21 ARTservancy.

An Autumn Interlude of Renewal: Treasures of Oz - Oct 2020

Visit spectacular parks and preserves that are perfect for photography, meditation, hiking and just being in nature. This virtual event will run from October 14th through the 24th - giving everyone time to visit the sites without rush or congestion. Information can be found at Treasures of Oz.


Conserving Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs

To make a forever-lasting difference in our community is a rare opportunity. The Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs acquisition is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to preserve 131 acres of Lake Michigan land to support community well-being, provide wildlife habitats, and protect nature’s health. Supporting the protection of this land today is a legacy that will last forever!

Conserve Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs

We Love Volunteers!

Thank you for your support and dedication from the entire Stewardship Crew Team!

Ryan Wallin, Stewardship Director

Katie Parillo, Program Manager

Josh Schlicht, Stewardship Coordinator

Christine Bohn, Project Coordinator

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