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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New BMAP Workshop - Reading the Driftless LandscapeDate: Saturday, November 16, 2013
Time: 9:30 - 3:30 (coffee, snacks and lunch provided)
Location: Mount Horeb Public Library
Registration deadline: November 8th, 2013
This workshop will provide landowners with information and tools for planning the management of oak savanna and prairie landscapes. In the morning presenters will demonstrate on-line resources for comparing historic and current aerial photos of their property and mapping the soils, topography and water features. Workshop participants will receive a copy of "Reading the Driftless Landscape" a reference for interpreting this information and a place to begin recording observations and developing a stewardship plan for managing their land. The afternoon will be a field visit to see examples of historic and current land disturbance and plant communities in various stages of management and restoration.
The cost is $30 which includes food, the book and a one year membership in the Blue Mounds Area Project, the workshop sponsor. Current members may attend for free. Contact Cindy Ramseyer at email@example.com or call 608-438-9982 to register and for more information. Registration is limited due to space and other constraints. Participants with laptop computers are encouraged to bring them. A limited number of laptops will available at the workshop for those without them.
Winter Conservation Conversations 2014
All winter events will be held at the Mount Horeb Branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Business Hwy. 18-151 E. The bank is next door to the Culvers Restaurant in Mount Horeb.
January 23, 2014
Driftless Area Streams Master Plan
Paul Cunningham, Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Fisheries Management
The Wisconsin DNR owns or holds easements on more than 35,000 acres along trout and smallmouth bass streams in the Driftless Area and is in the process of developing one master plan to cover all these properties. The draft plan (due out in fall 2013) will describe the habitat management and land protection goals, objectives and strategies for these properties and chart a course for the next 15 years. Paul Cunningham will talk about the plan and its current status.
February 6, 2014
Aldo Leopold, Phenology and Climate Change
Dr. Stanley Temple, Senior Fellow and Science Advisor at the Aldo Leopold Foundation
Aldo Leopold, best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, was a keen observer of the natural world. Throughout his life he kept daily journals recording observations of seasonal events, especially those occuring at his beloved "shack" on the Leopold farm which was the setting for many essays in A Sand County Almanac. Leopold's meticulous phenological observations have provided us with an unparalleled record of when plants bloomed, birds migrated and other natural events. Comparing his observations of hundreds of natural events to recent records helps us understand how climate change is affecting the ecological community. One lesson of Leopold's journals is clear: For those who love nature and take time to observe it closely, keeping records enhances the enjoyment and value of our time and effort, both now and in the future.
February 20, 2014
The Foundations of Oak Management in the Driftless Area
Wisconsin DNR Foresters Tom Hill and Brad Hutnik
Oak forests are one of the Driftless Areas most important resources. Unfortunately, oak forests face many challenges in the 21st century. Invasive species, changing aesthetics, rising deer populations, and other factors are all playing a role in the loss of oak from our forests. Our speakers will examine the history and ecology of our oak forests and offer a way forward which integrates ecology, economics, and aesthetics
March 6, 2014
Aldo Leopold and the Riley Game Cooperative
Dr. Janet Silbernagel, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and
University of Wisconsin Department of Landscape Architecture
In 1931, Aldo Leopold and Reuben Paulson formed the Riley Game Cooperative, a cooperation between farmers in the Riley area of Dane County who needed relief from trespassing poachers, and city dwellers in Madison who needed a place to hunt pheasant. Our speaker grew up on land which had been in the cooperative, and she will give us an engaging history of this little known Leopold project.
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. To save shipping costs, we are asking members to pick up thier copies ant any upcoming BMAP event or at one of two locations in Madison: The Soap Opera, 319 State St or La Mop, 2201 Regent St. You can also pick up your copy at the BMAP office in Mount Horeb by special arrangement. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time. Non-members and members wanting additional copies can purchase the book at the Prairie Bookshop, 117 E Main St. in downtown Mt Horeb.
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