January 2021 eNews
Looking Forward to a New Year!
2020 is behind us and we welcome a new year of exciting plans and possibilities. This NEW YEAR'S article, the first of 2021, is a message of hope and possibility. We want to share with you the wonderful mission-focused activities and opportunities OWLT has in the works.
We invite you to get involved through support and outdoor volunteer opportunities. The beauty of our mission is that we offer YOU opportunities that support the health of the community, wildlife, and natural landscapes all in a safe and healthy outdoor environment.
Protect Today - Land Acquisitions
Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs
This permanent conservation endeavor aims to protect nearly 3/4 mile of Lake Michigan shoreline and 131 acres of land as a natural area. We know that Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs has the potential to be one of the next great nature preserves in our region and we need your help to make it a reality.
Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs is one of the largest pieces of Lake Michigan land still undeveloped in our area and features three quarters of a mile of Lake Michigan shoreline in Port Washington.
Our recent appraisal of the property showed a value of $7.8 million.
The valuation is consistent with the high values we see for prime, development land along Lake Michigan. However, this valuation puts the project out of reach for OWLT’s conservation plans.
Here is the great news!
Knowing our purpose in buying the land was conservation, not profit, the owner of the land has generously negotiated with us to reach a reasonable purchase price. This resulted in a discounted purchase price of $5 million for the land, $2.8 under the appraised value!
Thanks to the continued generous support of the community, we have already secured $2.5 million of committed funds and are on our way to seeing the permanent conservation of this Lake Michigan gem. In order for this project to succeed, we have set a goal to raise $2.7 million in donations from our community. Times are uncertain, but we know with certainty the window of opportunity to conserve the lands and waters of Ozaukee and Washington County is closing. The time is now to take action. If you find yourself among the fortunate of us who are weathering this trying time with health and resources, then please consider making a gift that will allow us to Protect Today, Preserve Forever.
Your support will permanently conserve habitat along the lake that is critical for the wildlife that rely on the Lake Michigan migratory flyway. Your support will promote open spaces and recreation that buoys Wisconsin’s $7.8 billion outdoor recreation industry.
Your support will make a lasting impact on future generations.
Preserve Forever - Stewardship Activities
Stewardship Management Activities
General Management Seed Gathering/Seeding Prescribed Burns
Woody Invasive Removal Tree Planting Invasive Species Removal
Promising to Protect and Preserve Engagement and Fundraising Activities
Watch for POP-UP events and activities that develop throughout the year.
Mequon Rotary Park - Pukaite Woods February 20, 2021 - 5-9pm
Enjoy a winter night walk on trails lined with luminaries.
Registration and masks REQUIRED to meet Covid safety guidance. Staggered arrival times to limit crowding. Attendance will be limited.
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.
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.
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!