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July 2020 e-News

Outdoor spaces are bustling with activity as people continue to seek areas for recreation and relaxation. It has been comforting knowing that OWLT could be there for the community over the last several months by keeping the preserves open for essential outdoor activities.

Now that summer has graced us with her presence we continue to witness a steady uptick in community enjoyment of our wildlife habitats. We thank you, our supporters, for your dedication that has made it possible for the wonderful mission of OWLT to reach so many as we "protect today and preserve forever!"

Kudos and Congrats!

Making Allies for Healthier Communities Earns Wisconsin's 2020 Rod Nilsestuen Award for Working Lands Preservation

Gathering Water Press Release:

The recipient of Wisconsin’s 2020 Rod Nilsestuen Award for Working Lands Preservation is not a person, but a partnership: Making Allies for Healthier Communities.

The partnership, based in southeast Wisconsin, was created to protect farmland and provide a livelihood and the opportunity for land ownership for immigrant or beginning farmers. By protecting farmland near the urban center of Milwaukee, farmers will be able to continue to grow fruits and vegetables and sell them at farmers’ markets in Milwaukee’s underserved communities. Using sustainable farming practices, the farmers build healthy soils and help improve the water quality in the Milwaukee River watershed and Lake Michigan.

Read more on Gathering Waters website.

Volunteer Center of Washington County - 100 Stories of Hope Two recent OWLT projects and lead volunteers were recognized as part of the Volunteer Center of Washington County's 100 Stories of Hope! Read more about 100 Stories of Hope.

Grazing Goats Crew

How do you maintain large tracts of land in an environmental-friendly way and still engage the community - without being able to organize large-scaled volunteer activities? Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT) in partnership with the Mequon-Thiensville (M-T) Sunrise Rotary Club wanted to do just that, so they welcomed some new recruits: goats. Connie Pukaite, an active member of both organizations, made this project a reality by working closely with everyone involved, including the City of Mequon.

(Image: Connie with Maryah the Goat)

Forest of Hope

Due to the COVID-19 crisis OWLT's vision of a large-scaled volunteer tree planting event had to be significantly altered, but our Stewardship Crew still managed to plant 5,000+ native trees by hand.

James A Reinartz, a dedicated volunteer member of OWLT worked diligently with the crew to make the tree planting a success in the midst of the pandemic.

(Image: Stew Crew members)

Show Your Support!

Conserving Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs

Cars fill the parking lot, line the preserve road, and continue down the public street to County C as visitors flock to Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve, a decade-old partnership property between OWLT and Ozaukee County. This preserve has seen record breaking numbers of visitors over the last several months and the growth continues.

Lion's Den Gorge is a favorite place for hiking, bird-watching, swimming, photography, or simply relaxing. With miles of hiking trails it is easy to enjoy the area while maintaining social distance. The increased number of visitors reveals the true need for natural spaces along Lake Michigan.

Just a stone's throw north, the additional 130+ acres of land with nearly 3/4 of a mile of shoreline that make up Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs will greatly complement Lion's Den Gorge. This acquisition opportunity will also offer a much needed relief to the area to ensure a healthy environment for all.

We have a long way to go to reach the $2 million goal to preserve this beautiful gorge and unique bluffs.

Together we are making an impact!

Join us and be part of the team that is

Conserving Cedar Gorge Clay Bluffs!


Your photos can support

the Knowles-Nelson

Stewardship Program

Wisconsin's Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program funds the purchase of public lands, trail development, and much more. Show your support by sharing a photo and message that Gathering Waters will send to the governor and legislators.

Learn more at: Gathering Waters

Upcoming Activities!

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

Maps/Activities available soon

In lieu of an annual dinner this year we are encouraging the community to simply enjoy the great outdoors.

Activities include digital self-guided traveling tour maps and raffle tickets provided for photo submissions of your travels. More information available soon on the

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

Map will include stopping points to grab lunch or shop along your route.

If your company is interested in sponsoring and 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 Gallery224 and A Wealth of Nature - Blog: The Natural Realm.

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.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Leona at lknobloch@owlt.org.

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

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