Personalized advice for your restoration projects. Are you just beginning to think about stewardship? Or seeking to recommit to restoration projects already underway? Since 1995, BMAP site visits have helped more than 240 landowners on 18,000 acres.
Free for BMAP members!
COVID-19 Notice: We are still conducting site visits based on landowner demand and BMAP ecologist availability. We are committed to keeping everyone healthy and are following Dane County's Public Health guidance and safety protocols. Updated April 2021.
Kickstart your restoration adventure
Many landowners find that getting started on this journey can seem daunting. Our site visit service provides landowners one-on-one time with an ecologist, walking their property to discuss the what, how, and why of moving forward.
Each site visit involves a 2-3 hour visit with a BMAP ecologist and a written report that reviews the topics discussed during the visit, location of remnant plant communities on the property, identification of exotic plants/shrubs encountered, and suggestions for management. A list of resources and related literature is also provided.
Since 1995, BMAP site visits have helped over 240
landowners on more than 18,000 acres in Southwest Wisconsin. Whether you own 1 acre or hundreds, we want to help!
Free to Members!
A site visit is available free to BMAP members within about 30 miles of our base in Mount Horeb. We also encourage members who have already benefited from a site visit to request a follow-up! In that way, we can return to the previous site visit documentation, talk through recurring problems, and point out stewardship efforts that have been successful.
WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY
"We were overwhelmed before the BMAP Ecologist visited our property to advise us on our woodland restoration and prairie plantings. The breadth and depth of the conversation, tour, and resulting report provided a detailed description, management guide and resource list that narrowed our focus and gave us directions to follow for each ecological environment. The Ecologist’s visit and other Blue Mounds Area Project programs help keep us informed so we can make effective and financially reasonable decisions."
Tracey & Scott Gross -- Ridgeway, Iowa County
Site visits provide landowners with the knowledge to act.
We introduce landowners to the exotic plants and shrubs on their land and how to deal with them. We talk about the historic role of prescribed fire in maintaining oak systems. Together, we have fun finding cool plants and beautiful birds. We connect landowners with resource practitioners in the area who provide the physical assistance that some landowners need to maintain their property. We encourage folks to develop a land management plan that meets their interests and needs.
Through our site visits, BMAP also gains knowledge to act.
We learn about the quality of the lands in private ownership. We record qualitative and quantitative data on the rare and threatened plants we find during the survey. We record bird sightings and mammal tracks. We decide where to put our energies as an organization. We link our activities with the problems and the interests of our members. We develop programs that help landowners based on the issues we hear about from the field. We talk with other local organizations about tackling regional issues together. It all starts with the site visits and the one-on-one time this gains us with our members.