The Blue Mounds Area Project is a community-based organization that seeks to inspire, inform and empower private landowners in the Southwestern Wisconsin region to enjoy, protect and restore native biodiversity and ecosystem health.
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Mark your calendars and watch our website for details on our summer field trips.
This season has a "southern appeal", taking us to BMAP members' prairie areas in the lower portion
of the Project area in Lafayette and Green Counties.
Summer Excursions 2013
All events are pot luck and cook out. We'll supply brats, buns, beverages, and a grill. Please bring a dish to pass.
- June 20, 6:30 pm: W8707 Sawmill Rd. Blanchardville. 50 acres of upland prairie, oak savanna/oak woods and sedge meadow/wet prairie all in some phase of restoration including coldwater Erickson Creek.
- July 18, 6:30 pm: N9478 York Center Rd, New Glarus. Expansive high quality limestone dry prairie with numerous rare and uncommon species, historic limestone surface quarries, a spring fed creek, and a bur oak savanna under restoration.
- August 3rd 4:00 pm: 8617 Messerschmidt Road, Mt Vernon. Prato Bello Prairie Celebration. Art auction fundraiser and prairie walk.
- August 15th, 6:30 pm: 1940 East Brennan Lane, Argyle. Come see Tom and Eva Wedel's whole farm restoration project - 398 acres - the subject of last January's BMAP talk. The property includes a wet meadow valley that appears to have been the upper reaches of a glacial lake. Also includes extensive woods, 90-odd acres replanted in prairie, a 20 acre old savanna and around 25 acres of re-created savanna, still in progress.
BMAP's new publication "Reading the Driftless Landscape" is nearing completion!
Written by former BMAP ecologist Cindy Ramseyer, this 60 page book gives landowners an overview of the natural and human history of the region. It then helps readers make the connection between that history and their own property by including materials and resources for recording observations about their property. The book explains how to use those observations along with the landowner's personal goals to create a simple management plan of next steps.
You can view the table of contents and a short excerpt here.
The book has been "field tested" in several landowner workshops and has been enthusiastically received by participants. Final editing and layout are almost done, and information on distribution will be available here soon. Although many people have given generously of their time, energy and creativity in the development of this publication, BMAP needs financial support above and beyond our normal operating expenses in order to complete the project. If you would like to help support the book with a donation, please visit the "Membership" tab on our website and click the "Donation" link. Or you can send your donation to the contact address at the bottom of this page.
This project has been supported in part by:
The Madison Whole Foods Market
The Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin
And the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Information on the BMAP Citizen Monitoring ProjectHelping landowners track the health of rare and endangered species on their land.
Blue Mounds Area Project
PO Box 332
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572