Monthly Archives: September 2015

Day III: Winding waters and the power of land trusts (Tuesday, Sept. 29)

Listen to Ruth tell the story of Day III of the I Heart Wisconsin: River Trip: Day III transcribed: Today is Tuesday, Sept. 29 and it’s day three of the I Heart Wisconsin trip. Today I kayaked from Eagle River down to the County O boat landing, which was just about 12 miles. That’s kind of a nice short day. I paddled with Trisha Moore, who’s a conservation specialist with Northwoods Land Trust. We started...

Day II: Lunar eclipses and millions of stars (Monday, Sept. 28)

Listen to Ruth tell the story of Day II in her own voice:  Day II transcribed: Today is Monday, Sept. 28, day number two. This was an interesting day of paddling. We went from about mile eight to mile 35. The upper reach of the headwaters is a huge, winding stream that turns into endless alder thickets. When the river goes through the alders, it seems to spread out and what’s left is a shallow...

Day I: Beaver dams and heavy boats (Sunday, Sept. 27)

We put in at Lac Vieux Desert Lake around 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The wild rice bed in the distance fringed the shore. The sky was clear. I was lucky to have two friends join me for the start: Denny Caneff of the River Alliance and Bryan Pierce of the Northwoods Land Trust. After pulling over at the dam, we only had a short stretch to cross County Road E. The culverts were wide enough...

“Be safe”

  I’ve been hearing this phrase quite a bit this week as friends and family give me best wishes for a great trip. Usually it’s said in a way of showing care for my well-being, and sometimes there is a tinge of “be careful.” I appreciate both messages. There are three main ways I stay safe: using my experience and knowledge, planning when I am where so my support team knows what to expect, and...

Pre-trip shakedowns

Ahead of my trip, I’ve been out on a few kayaking adventures to test my equipment, make sure all of my supplies will fit in the boat and strengthen my rowing muscles. While out on some of these pre-trip shakedowns, I was greeted by bald eagles, heard the call of the sandhill crane and witnessed the beautiful bluffs of the Upper Dells. I’m looking forward to capturing more of these sounds and sights during the real trip, but...

Which boat?

When I decided to do this river trip, one of the first decisions was about which boat to use. Like a lot of paddlers, there are several boats in our garage. This past spring I bought a used kayak off Craigslist because at 13 feet, it is better for navigating southern Wisconsin streams. And, ever since reading Larry Rice’s books and watching his presentations about trips he has taken with a “boat in bag,” I have...

Tom Uttech: Mother Nature’s artist

By Christine Seeley, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin One may wonder what role a landscape painter can play when modern cameras can capture the beauty of our surroundings with a level of detail that many artists can’t or don’t. What is it, then, that these artists are hoping to achieve with their work? As an artist myself, I know all too well the struggle between trying to create artwork true to my own ideals and...

Drumlin and Prairie: Celebrating two of Wisconsin’s Natural Treasures

  By Josh Mayer, Foundation member and guest blogger Smith Drumlin Prairie is owned by The Prairie Enthusiasts, a grassroots conservation organization with chapters in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. TPE has worked to manage and restore Smith Drumlin for nearly 20 years, including regular burning, tree removal, mowing, and invasive species control. In the last couple of years, TPE began to seed the former agricultural field between the two drumlins back to prairie. The site...