Treasures of Oz

Celebrating the Natural Gems of Ozaukee County

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Written by Susan Bence

Dam on the Milwaukee River a Treasure to Many

mequon thiensville dam

Mequon Thiensville Dam

Land preservation runs deep in the psyche of the Badger State, from Aldo Leopold to Gaylord Nelson.

Just north of Milwaukee, Ozaukee County is home to nearly 40 preserved parcels, but a group of volunteers fear these treasures remain “hidden” even to people who live nearby.

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Written by Susan Bence

An Unusual Natural Area

shady lane natural area

The Shady Lane Natural Area in Ozaukee County celebrated its grand opening Saturday. We glimpse at its fern-carpeted canopy and learn about the preserve’s unusual history.

It didn’t look as though we were about to enter a special natural area.

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Written by Susan Bence

Local Naturalist: An Ozaukee County Treasure

Kate Redmond

Cedarburg Environmental Study Area

Kate Redmond has been given the title of “anchor docent” for the Treasures of Oz.  That means she’s willing and able to guide people through a featured preserve.

Treasures of Oz is an annual volunteer-driven event designed to induce people to explore some of the county's protected parcels. Saturday June 14, 2014 marks its 5th annual event.

Redmond is covering the 40-acre Cedarburg Environmental Study Area.

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