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

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Our Mission

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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Upcoming Events and News

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 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.

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):

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

Email: info@bluemounds.org

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