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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BMAP Summer 2016 Potluck Excursions
Each summer BMAP arranges public visits to a few of our members' properties for a tour and a potluck picnic. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Check back here for changes or last minute cancellation information.
All BMAP Summer Gatherings start at 6:30 p.m. with potluck following the tour.
Thursday June 16, 2016
Hosts Eddie and Eric Goplin
2577 Erbe Road, Blue Mounds
The 110 acre property was purchased in 1964 and includes nice remnants and prairie pastures. About 40 acres of former cropland has been enrolled in CRP since 1988 and have been converted to warm season prairie mainly through burning and interseeding. Pastures have been burned and interseeded as well. Directions: Turn south on Erbe Road off of 18/151. A few miles down and the property is on the right.
Thursday July 14, 2016
Hosts Dave and Alice Wilken
3659 County Road F, Blue Mounds
Dave and Alice have 15 acres with a small restored prairie in front of their house and another restoration behind. Direction: North on County Road F out of Blue Mounds. Go past Brigham County Park. 3659 is on the west side of County F.
Thursday August 11, 2016
Hosts Greg Jones and Linda Millunzi-Jones
7771 Lakeview Road, Barneveld
Greg and Linda live on 22 acres, approximately one acre for home site, three plus acres of prairie, and 17-18 acres of woodland. Directions: North out of Barneveld on County Road "K". Turn left on county Road HH. 2 miles turn left on Lakeview Road. 7771 is on your left. Go up gravel drive and park in the "turn around" area.
BMAP's publication "Reading the Driftless Landscape" is still available!
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):
- 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, or buy additional copies at the BMAP office in Mount Horeb by special arrangement. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Phone: 608-561-2627 (608-561-BMAP)