On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Kettle Moraine Land Trust held its annual meeting. President Dave DeAngelis shared accomplishments and goals about our work in Walworth County to protect critical and unique natural resources as well as provide nature-based educational opportunities for the community.
DeAngelis outlined accomplishments such as completing three grants this year for the Elkhorn Community Fund and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Notable is the WDNR River Planning Grant that provides a restoration plan for the Jackson Creek watershed.
KMLT partners with Walworth County Parks and held several events at Price and Natureland Park this year, as well as assisting with park workdays.
Educational events such as Wild Edibles, where participants learned how to find safe leaves, berries and grasses in the park and make them into a community salad, and Meet the Monarchs, demonstrating the Monarch butterfly life cycle with live butterflies, were very successful and brought many first-time visitors to the parks.
Stewardship is key to KMLT’s mission, to care for and maintain easements and preserves. School work days were held to teach students about invasive species and water quality. Volunteers spent many hours on preserve upkeep by grooming trails, managing weed growth, and removing downed trees.
New this year is the opportunity to have a personally engraved brick at Trailside Terrace next to the trail at Petersen Island Woods Preserve. For a donation of $300 or more, you can have a brick engraved with your personal message. See the “Donate – Give to Nature” page of this website for more information.
If you would like to volunteer to be part of this vital community organization, sign up on this website or call Maggie at 262-949-7211.