Blue Mounds Area Project: Promoting Restoration and Stewardship of Native Habitats

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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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Prairie Seed Collecting Workshop
An introduction to seed planting, picking, cleaning and storing

Saturday October 4, 2014 -- Noon to 5 PM
Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary, 1811 Spring Rose Road, Verona WI.

This is an introductory workshop on the use of self-collected seeds in native plant restoration. It will be led by veteran prairie restorationists John Barnes and James MacDonald. Topics to be covered include: locating and identifying seed sources, cleaning and proper storage of seeds, and effectively sowing your collected seeds. Participants will be collecting and cleaning native seeds for their own use from the large Prairie Spirit restoration. Be prepared to discuss your planting plans for the seeds you collect including your site characteristics.

This workshop is free but registration is limited and required. Call 608-523-1551 or email to register or get more information.

Please wear appropriate clothing including sturdy shoes and hat. Also bring water, garden clippers, light weight work gloves and a dozen grocery size paper bags for transporting seeds. We will gather in the meeting facility up the hill from the barn and parking area. In case of extremely inclement weather the workshop will be canceled and a message to that effect will be found by 10 AM at 608-523-1551

BMAP's new publication "Reading the Driftless Landscape" is here!

Written by former 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):

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.

Contact Us

Blue Mounds Area Project
PO Box 332
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572


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