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Organizers of Hales Trail site consider adding hive to help pollinate crops, give apiarists hands-on training.
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When it comes to people involved with land use and preservation in Ozaukee County on a practical day-by-day manner, it would be hard to match Marjie Tomter.
Her energy is incredible. Let’s start with this website and Treasures of Oz. She has been writing much of the new content (including this Wizard column usually) since its inception. She is one of three people who kick-started Treasures of Oz into existence and she maintains an administrative database both on her computer and in her head for the organization. She still tends to end up in charge of the various meetings leading up to each year’s event. Others have specific areas and make great contributions, but Marjie really makes sure it is coming together at all levels.
She is involved with the Town of Grafton as the Chair of the Open Space Commission. She works with Ozaukee County as a Land Preservation Board member and as a member of the County Zoning Board of Appeals. She chairs the Land Conservation Partnership of Ozaukee County. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, for the Ulao Creek Partnership and for the Friends of Harrington Beach State Park. She acts as a steward and property monitor volunteer. She is now chairing the new Ozaukee Treasures Network (OTN), which you will be learning more about in the coming months. She even ran to be a County Supervisor this year!
In her spare time, she was the co-chair of Cedarburg Artists’ Guild Holiday Art Fair 2010, is an active fiber artist, busily tends to her organic garden and horses, and makes sure her granddaughter is progressing.
Her forty years of experience as an educator, of course, plays into all these roles. Her enthusiasm sparks many new recruits for the natural world and land stewardship. Open the curtain and there you will find a Wizard of Oz!
October is her birth month, so happy birthday, Marjie… and thanks!
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Friends of the MY Fishway
Would you help on September 15th?
Friends of the MT Fishway's mission is to preserve, maintain, and promote the MT Fishway and surrounding natural area. Its goals are to promote the Fishway and fish passage through education and outreach, maintain the Fishway to ensure optimal conditions for fish passage, and to preserve the surrounding natural area to provide habitat for wildlife and eliminate invasive species.
This new and needed Friends group began after John Treffert, one of the river boat captains for Treasures of Oz 2012, offered to take some of the Treasures volunteers on an after-event ride from the MT Dam up the Milwaukee River, as he did for event visitors. Jim Gennrich, who was the site captain for the MT Dam site, began the tour with an introduction to the FIshway and a walk along the channel the fish use to get around the dam.
Ben Arnold, one of the most ardent leaders in the movement to stop invasive plants from taking over our county, was one of the volunteers in the group. When Ben saw the number of invasives creeping into the fishway, things began to happen. He began by telling the group about the plants they were seeing and the need to remove them for the health of the fishway. Word got out and Andy LaFond, the Village of Thiensville Director of Public Works and John Treffert made a trip to see Ben’s place, a beautiful prairie where invasives have no hope under Ben’s watchful eye, and the ball got rolling from there.
Here’s a message for us from Andy:
The first scheduled workday was a success!
We bit off a good chunk of the fall work to rid the fishway of invasive species. A big thanks to Ben Arnold for giving us an education on invasives. It was also nice to meet on site and formulate a plan for future work and controlled burns. There were 6 volunteers and 5 village staff on site that worked from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for a total of 44 hours.
We will need at least one additional workday to complete the invasive work for this fall. Ben has offered to lend his expertise again on Saturday , September 15th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. please send an e-mail if you can help out that day to firstname.lastname@example.org
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September 22, 2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Ozaukee County Transit Services Building
741 West Oakland Avenue
Port Washington, WI 53074
Join the Ozaukee County Transit Services and Ozaukee Interurban Trail Advisory Council for an Open House and Anniversary Celebration! Tour the new Transit Services building, enjoy food, beverage and live music performed by Alyssia Dominguez and Jeremy Zima while celebrating the success of one of Ozaukee County’s finest assets!
Attendees are encouraged to walk/ bike to the event. Parking is available.
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