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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Summer Excursions and Potluck Picnics
Each summer several BMAP members host visits to their properties so that other members and the public can see the stewardship work they have done and get some insight on how they accomplished it. These visits are a great way to unwind and experience some wonderful prairies, savannas and woods and to visit with friends. We gather at 6:30 PM at the property and have a short walk led by the owner so that the visitors can see and ask questions. Then we gather at the grill to enjoy food and company. BMAP will supply brats, drinks, plates cups and plasticware. We ask you to bring a dish to share.
All events are free and open to the public.
6:30 PM Thursday June 26, 2014 - John Barnes and Kelly Mattice's Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary
1811 Spring Rose Road, Verona WI.
John and Kelly have a 200 acre intensely restored area with some remnants. It consists of 40 acres of southern dry upland forest (oak/hickory), 40 acres of oak savanna and openings, and 120 acres of dry upland prairies to wet mesic bottoms.
6:30 PM Thursday July 24, 2014 6PM - Steve and Aimee Gauger
2985 Norwegian Trail, Mount Horeb WI.
The Gaugers are in the process of improving vegetation on a 3 acre oak woodland through prescribed burning and seeding. There are prairie gardens near the dwelling and a historical Norwegian Monument adjacent to property. The Gaugers suggest approaching the property from the north on Town Hall Road to avoid a difficult left turn on to Norwegian Trail.
2:30 PM Saturday August 2, 2014 - Prato Bello Prairie Celebration
8617 Messerschmidt Road, Verona WI.
BMAP board member Michael Schmitz hosts his annual party and prairie walk on his large restoration. Prairie walk starts at 2:30 PM, party starts at 4PM.
6:30 PM Thursday August 14, 2014 - Steve Thompson Farm
1821 Sandy Rock Road Hollandale WI.
As with most restoration projects the Thompson farm is a work in progress. What began as a small project with US Fish and Wildlife about 15 years ago while the property was still an active dairy farm has evolved over the years to include cooperative projects with many governmental and non profit conservation programs. With the sale of the dairy herd about 6 years ago there was time to expand their conservation efforts which include the establishment of prairie on 80 acres of existing crop lands, prairie relic and oak savanna restoration, and restoration of a section of Gordon stream which runs through the property.
Date to be announced - Dedication of Parrish Savanna, the birthplace of the Blue Mounds Area Project.
Almost 20 years ago, BMAP's first ecologist Brian Pruka was doing his thesis work on the property now called the Parrish Savanna. Other property owners wanted Brian to do site visits on thier land, and with the assistance of the Crawford County group, Community Conservation, the Blue Mounds Area Project with its core mission of site visits and education was born. Stay tuned for more information on the festivities as they become available.
Parrish Savanna is protected through the efforts of the Empire-Sauk Chapter of the Prairie Enthusiasts. A walk in the area is being led by long time BMAP members Ken Wade and Pat Trochlell on Sunday May 25, 2014.
BMAP's new publication "Reading the Driftless Landscape" is here!
Written by BMAP ecologist Cindy Ramseyer and president Carroll Schaal, 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. The book has been "field tested" in several landowner workshops and has been enthusiastically received by participants.
Get your copy! New and paid-up members from 2012 and after are entitled to a free copy as long as supplies last. To save shipping costs, we are asking members to pick up their copies at any upcoming BMAP event or at the following locations (please phone ahead to make sure a copy will be waiting for you):
- The Soap Opera, 319 State Street in Madison 608-251-4051
- La Mop, 2201 Regent Street in Madison 608 231-1644
- In Dodgeville at the UW Extension Office at 303 W. Chapel Street 608-930-9850
- You can also pick up your copy at the BMAP office in Mount Horeb by special arrangement. Contact email@example.com to arrange a time.
You can view the table of contents and a short excerpt here.
This project has been supported in part by:
The Alliant Energy Foundation
The American Forest Foundation
The J.C. Bock Foundation
The Madison Whole Foods Market
The Malcolm Stack Foundation and Drifless Studio
The Natural Resource Foundation of Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
We thank these businesses and organizations for their generous support of this project.
Blue Mounds Area Project
PO Box 332
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572