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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Next Steps: Considering the future of BMAP
Saturday April 8, 2017, 8 AM - Noon
Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains 1740 Springdale Street in Mount Horeb (next to Culver's Restaurant) in the second floor conference room.
The Blue Mounds Area Project Board of Directors is sponsoring a brainstorming session on Saturday, April 8 from 8 am to Noon. We will be looking at how BMAP might look in the future. Any BMAP member is encouraged to join in the discussion. Please email Amy Alstad (email@example.com) if you plan to attend.
Muralt Bluff State Natural Area Walk
Saturday May 20, 2017 - 10AM to Noon
Meet at the Muralt Bluff parking lot immediately west of W2635 County F, Albany, WI
Join Tom Mitchell (site manager) for a guided hike of the 62-acre Muralt Bluff State Natural Area. Come see the results of over 2,000 hours of on-the-ground work effort over the last two years by The Prairie Enthusiasts' Prairie Bluff chapter members. Tom will discuss the history, geology and land management, and point out many rare and uncommon prairie species. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of Southern Wisconsin's tallgrass prairie gems!
Light refreshments will be served after the walk.
BMAP Summer Gatherings 2017
Each summer BMAP arranges public visits to a few of our members' properties for a tour and a potluck picnic. BMAP supplies the brats, beer and fixings. You bring a dish to pass. Free and open to the public. Check our web site at www.bluemounds.org for changes or last minute cancellation information.
All BMAP Summer Gatherings start at 6:30 p.m. with potluck following the tour.
Thursday June 15, 2017
Hosts Barbara Borns & Fred Townsend
9580 Union Valley Rd, Black Earth
This 59 acre property has several high-quality remnant prairies, a 16 year old restored prairie, as well as oak woodlands.
Directions: The property is located approximately 3 miles south of Black Earth. From Highway 78, go east on Union Valley Road to 9580. The gravel driveway is shared with one other fire number; stay left at the split and proceed towards their log home.
Thursday July 13, 2017
Hosts Dick & Kim Cates
5992 Co Hwy T, Spring Green
Since 1986, Dick and Kim Cates have been farming this 402 acre property which is a mix of open pasture, oak savanna and oak woodlands. Join us to witness how rotational cattle grazing can be used as an effective tool in stewardship, and to tour their oak savanna restoration.
Directions: The property is located on the west side of County Road T approximately 2.5 miles south of the junction with Highway 23 out of Spring Green
Thursday August 17, 2017
Hosts Jerome & Jackie Helmenstine
4785 County FF, Blue Mounds
This 305 acre property includes a mixture of oak woodlands as well as restored prairie enrolled in CRP and CREP. Jerome and Jackie have also worked with NRCS and Trout Unlimited on stream restoration, and actively monitor kestrels, bats, deer and other wildlife on their property.
Directions: The property is approximately 4 miles west of Black Earth, and is located on the west side of County Road FF, between the junctions with County Road K and County Road F.
BMAP's publication "Reading the Driftless Landscape" is still available!
Find out more about it and how to get your copy.
Blue Mounds Area Project
PO Box 332
Mt. Horeb, WI 53572
Phone: 608-561-2627 (608-561-BMAP)