Monthly Archives: February 2016

Battling invasive species with herbicide and education

By Jill Hapner, Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc.   Give the natives a hand At first glance, it looks like a peaceful grassland. But if you look closer, you will see a battle unfolding. Controlling invasive species is challenging, and replacing those invaders with native species can be a long process. In 2011 the Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium (SEWISC) initiated plans to establish a small native prairie restoration demonstration site on the grounds...

A trip to Wyalusing State Park

By Cait Williamson, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin   Winter is a beautiful time to be outdoors. The quiet is wonderful for reflection, both personal and phenological.  I recently visited Wyalusing State Park, a gem in southwestern Wisconsin offering stunning views overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. Wyalusing is situated at the mouth of the Wisconsin River, where it meets the mighty Mississippi. In fact, this is where I recently paddled with...

The ugly side of road salt, and how you can keep it out of Lake Wingra

By Susan Frett, Friends of Lake Wingra   Lake Wingra is the smallest of the five Madison lakes, and it is a hidden treasure on the near west side of Madison. It is well-loved by people who live nearby, with many neighbors visiting daily to paddle on the lake, play Frisbee in the park, try their luck catching fish, walk their dogs or simply sit along the shoreline and enjoy the peaceful view. During the...

Ray Zillmer: A Vision Come True in the Kettle Moraine

By Kathlin Sickel, freelance writer Check out Kathlin’s blog, The Badger and the Whooping Crane.   The natural resources of our state contain not just the gifts and wonders of nature, but also the seeds of many a story. Consider, for example, the story of the Ice Age Trail, the Kettle Moraine State Forest and a life-long Wisconsinite named Raymond T. Zillmer.   Ray Zillmer’s story highlights the fact that a very different landscape might...

Winter revelations: Wisconsin’s state natural areas during the barer months

By Josh Mayer   The frozen depths of winter do not put a damper on my explorations of our great state’s natural areas.  In fact, the effects of the climate provide opportunities for new adventures and new perspectives on SNAs that I have already visited, in some cases, multiple times.   Many people are familiar with Parfrey’s Glen, a picturesque sandstone gorge cut into the Baraboo Hills that was designated as Wisconsin’s first SNA in...