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February 2021 Stew News

Looking Forward to an Eventful Year!

In the midst of freezing temperatures and mounds of snow, we look to Spring with anticipation and hope. Our organizational winter activities include planning for the upcoming field season. This year our projects will include woody invasive species removal, prescribed burns, spring river clean-ups, garlic mustard and other invasive species removals, and tree plantings. Spring is already full of a 'whorl' of activities to support the health of the community, wildlife, and natural landscapes.

We invite you to get involved with our outdoor volunteer opportunities all in a safe and healthy outdoor environment.

Land Monitoring

The stewardship team loves every season that nature shares with us. The snowy cold winter months provide our lands a time to rest and the barren vegetation allows us with the opportunity to investigate and monitor properties. Through systematic planning and recording, the team is able to assess the health and status of OWLT preserves and land easements.

This process requires a thorough on-site walking review of each land. The monitoring reviews involve adding to and maintaining a digital narrative and photo record archive of the condition and health of each property. This includes noting successes, concerns, and neighboring encroachments on conserved land. The process of regular land monitoring provides the team with the information necessary to continually enhance the health of the lands.

Stewardship Management Activities

Stewardship Volunteer Workshop

Virtual Event

Tuesday, April 13th

6:00-7:00 pm

Register here

Milwaukee Riverkeeper's Spring Cleanup

OWLT is teaming up with Milwaukee Riverkeeper for their 26th Annual Spring Cleanup.

Where: Fellenz Nature Preserve - West Bend

When: Saturday, April 24th

Details and Online Registration: COMING SOON on the Milwaukee Riverkeepers website!

Year-Round Stewardship Activities

Woody Invasive Removal

The removal of woody invasive species is important in that their presence severely degrades critical wildlife habitat by adversely impacting soil chemistry, amphibian breeding in ephemeral wetlands, biodiversity, and available food source for local wildlife.

Video - 2020's Grazing Goat Crew

Wood invasive removal occurs continuously during the fall and winter.

Volunteers encouraged to join.

Prescribed Burns

Prescribed management activities, such as a burn, help control invasive species to provide the opportunity for a diverse ecosystem. This allows the health of the vegetation community to be a productive food and habitat resource for pollinators and wildlife species.

Prescribed burns occur in the spring and fall. Seasoned volunteers welcome. If you are interested in becoming an experienced volunteer for this activity contact Josh at jschlicht@owlt.org

Invasive Species Removal

This spring will mark another year where OWLT and the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium (SEWISC) will team up to combat invasive garlic mustard as part of the SEWISC Pull-A-Thon.

Click here for info. on 2020's event.

Invasive species removal is a year-round activity. Garlic mustard/dames rocket removal occurs in May through June. Summer months include removal of invasives such as sweet clover and thistles.

Volunteers always welcome.

Tree Planting

Last year's tree planting of the 'Forest of Hope' was a memorable event. As part of a US Forest Service grant we will once again be providing a forever home for saplings this spring

Video - 2020's Forest of Hope

Tree Plantings will occur throughout the month of April.

Many volunteers are required.

Extra support is greatly appreciated.

Support a Sapling - Fund a Forest!

Seed Gathering/Seeding

Seed collections occur in September and October.

This is a great group volunteer activity.

General Management

Management activities occur throughout the year on planned workdays.

Volunteers always welcome to join.

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Visit the Activity Calendar to find out about scheduled workdays!

Activity Calendar

At a time when our community needs access to nature more than ever, we are grateful that the generosity of volunteers helps us keep our preserves free and open to the community.


Volunteer needs range from helping us on scheduled workdays to helping us manage litter at our entrances or alongside roadsides and trails. We always appreciate assistance with trash cleanup along the Milwaukee River at several of our sites.

If you are interested in a more dedicated role, please see our volunteer steward listings on our NatureNow Volunteer Opportunities page. We are currently seeking Site Stewards, Equipment Stewards, Grounds Stewards, and Amphibian Monitors for the 2021 season.

For questions about these roles or any volunteer-related inquiry including registration for scheduled workdays contact Josh at jschlicht@owlt.org.

Become a Volunteer Volunteer Opportunities

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.


Seasonal Land Stewards:

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) is seeking passionate individuals to assist OWLT staff with the stewardship, maintenance, and restoration of OWLT Preserves for the upcoming field season. Based primarily in the field, Land Stewards will work closely with OWLT staff to carry out management activities across OWLT preserves including invasive species control, native tree/shrub planting, prescribed fire, and trail maintenance and improvement.

Position description and application information coming soon.

Join our team and make a difference!


OWLT Spirit Wear and Gear In addition to apparel, this year we are adding merchandise sales. Support OWLT in style with these great fundraising opportunities.

Look for information, via social media and eNews blasts, throughout the year for these fundraisers.

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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

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