November 2020 eNews
I want to take some time in the eNews to share a heartfelt thanks to all of you, our wonderful supporters. Without you we would not be able to achieve the OWLT mission.
This year is a true testament to the value of providing free and open outdoor spaces to the community. Our preserves provide natural settings that offer opportunities for recreation, reflection, and refuge. Thank you for supporting the preserves that serve so many people.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday filled with peace, good food, and some special time on the trails.
We are thankful for our conserved lands!
2020 OWLT Annual Awards
One special tradition we miss during these times of physical distancing is OWLT's annual celebration and presentation of conservation awards to deserving individuals and organizations whose conservation contributions are deserving of our praise. Since we can't be together in person, OWLT is honoring four conserved lands who have been "MVPs" (most valuable preserves) during a year when our community has depended on open spaces more than ever. On GivingTuesday, December 1st, the award-winning conserved lands will be announced via social media and email. We thought you might like to learn more about the OWLT supporters for whom these awards are named.
Timothy Kaul Leadership Award
The Ulao Creek Partnership, Inc. is a grassroots, community-based nonprofit organization comprised of concerned citizens, landowners, and public and private organizations aligned to protect and improve the water quality and natural habitats in the Ulao Creek Watershed. Timothy Kaul created this partnership. Tim served on the Grafton Board of Supervisors for 10 years. He chaired Wings over Wisconsin. Patricia Wilmeth Stewardship Award
Pat believed in and supported projects to preserve and protect the treasures of nature in Ozaukee Co. such as, Harvey's Woods, Mequon Nature Preserve, Donges Bay Gorge, Wilmeth Way Trail in the Highland Woods. Her family continues to support Ozaukee Washington Land Trust through Greater Milwaukee Foundation with a legacy gift each year. Michael Frome Outreach & Education Award
Michael wrote extensively on environmental issues. These works include: “Battle for the Wilderness”, “Conscience of a Conservationalist”, and “Regreening the National Parks”. One of his quotes: “In the separation of the human species from nature, life goes awry.” Michael was always present for our events and enjoyed the outdoors and staff of OWLT.
Arthur Schait Volunteerism Award
Art was a tireless volunteer for OWLT. His work helped us secure DNR grants and improved the landscapes at Mequon Nature Preserve and tree planting at Riverbend.
Join us on GivingTuesday by sharing
the love for our special natural spaces!
Autumn Adventures Video Tour
During the month of October, we invited you to join the journey as we present the Autumn Adventures Video Tour series, shared via email/social media. This micro-series featured an OWLT team member at one of the many conservation lands as they presented various information, activities, highlights and future plans.
Thank you for joining us during these casual micro-moments to learn more about how our great mission supports community well-being, provides wildlife habitat, and protects nature's health!
This Thanksgiving, as a way to show your gratitude for nature, consider sharing the video links with family, friends, and coworkers.
Hunting Season Safety Reminders
Most of the OWLT land open to the public has been protected with the assistance of programs that require hunting on these lands. The hunting community is one of our greatest assets.
By partnering with hunters, OWLT can protect and enhance our preserves through partnerships and gain outside knowledge of our sites through the public’s perspective.
We ask that hunters take extra precaution in following the rules of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and continue to operate with the highest level of safety in mind as you participate in this Wisconsin outdoor tradition. We ask that you respect visitors to our preserves. We ask that visitors take extra precaution the next few months by staying on the trail, wearing bright colors or high visibility clothing, and being aware of hunters on our preserves.
OWLT lands are open for community use by all!
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!