Rewilding Reminder ! Remember our Member meeting! Rewilding (conservation biology) in our watershed. Relevant idea? Wikipedia definition paraphrased for our purposes, “Rewilding is conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas. Rewilding projects may require ecological restoration or wilderness engineering, particularly to restore connectivity between fragmented protected areas. Read more about Rewilding the Mukwonago River[…]
What’s been happening with your Friends of the Mukwonago River? We just sent this newsletter out to over 8,500 landowners in the Mukwonago River watershed as part of our education and outreach activity in Walworth and Waukesha counties. We have been quiet, but not inactive. Friends continues to monitor and protect the watershed with you Read more about Friends’ Year end Update[…]
We have begun seeing our spectacular fall colors the past few weeks. Reds and oranges abound with our wet weather green holding fast Fall has finally arrived and local landowners are removing boats, piers and lifts, raking leaves, readying for fall prairie and woodland burns to rid their property of invasives, getting in wood supplies, Read more about October in the Mukwonago River Watershed[…]
Friends’ Landowner Education Series programs for those of you who want to learn the what, the how and the who for dealing with the terrestrial invasive species on your property. Learn plant identification, methods and processes to remove invasives, and find contractors to help you do the work or teach you to do it yourself. Visit Read more about Landowner Education Workshops April and May[…]
WDNR FOREST WEED GRANT LANDOWNER OPPORTUNITY! $/ACRE reimbursement for your restoration work. Application Deadline February 15, 2016. 2016 FWG Land Owner Application & Rubric Got Buckthorn? Frustrated with Garlic Mustard? Loathe Honeysuckle? Now is your chance to fight back and receive financial assistance from Friends of the Mukwonago River! We helped landowners manage 16 acres of invasive Read more about February 15 Applications due for Landowner Assistance under Forest Weed Grant[…]
Watch for more information on Friends’ second round landowner Forest Weed grants. They will be available soon. Please attend the next two landowner visits and workshops next week to see how this program has helped them and can help you eliminate the invasives on your property. Tuesday October 13 5:30-7 p.m. Invasive Species Education Series Read more about Forest Weed Grant Applications Soon[…]
You can still comment on the four proposals for the master plan and help decide how these areas should be developed for use by the public. WDNR information and maps here. Send your emails to email@example.com before September 15. The key elements that have been allowed to date, hunting, fishing, hiking, etc. will continue in Read more about Master Plan for Lulu Lake/Mukwonago River Unit[…]
2015 FoMR Calendar Sept Oct See calendar and events for information about opportunities for you to learn about Friends and invasive species that you will encounter on your property. Fall chainsaw training available at Riveredge Nature Center. See SAWW Class Flyer- Riveredge for details.
August 31 5-7 P.M. Mukwonago Town Hall Public hearing on the four proposed alternatives which you can find on the WDNR site: Southern Kettle Moraine Waters You can weigh in on any alternative, mix or match, expand boundaries, ask for more or less. Comments will be looked at and the draft plan will be finalized Read more about Public comment for MRU/Lulu Lake Natural Area[…]
Paddles. Hikes and Volunteer Opportunities: July 18, Saturday Hike Beulah Bluff Preserve 11:00am We welcome you to visit Beulah Bluff Preserve and its outstanding overlook. Meet Eric Tarman-Ramcheck. He and his family partnered with the Kettle Moraine Land Trust to protect this special place. Areas of the preserve have been restored. Note that no restrooms or Read more about Friends’ July, August, September Calendar[…]
See Events for these great opportunities to visit sites managed under the Forest Weed grant. Please attend, see what others have done and learn what you can do on your private land. 2015 FoMR Calendar Thursday May 14 6:00p,m. Invasive Species Education Series Workshop Walking Tour Visit this site and see what is possible. Frederick Property, W5198 Bluff Read more about Site Visit Opportunities under Landowner Education Series This Week[…]
The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program protects Wisconsin’s lands, waters, clean air, human health, working forests and the jobs they provide, tourism revenue, wildlife habitat and the trails, parks, lakes, rivers and forests where we walk, fish, hunt, ski and enjoy the outdoors. The Mukwonago River Unit of the Southern Kettle Moraine Forest was purchased using these Read more about Knowles Nelson Stewardship Fund is threatened under Governor Walker’s budget proposal[…]
Formed in 1999 by Nancy Gloe and Ezra Meyer to mitigate some of the potential threats to the Mukwonago River watershed and its natural resources, primarily from development. Many partners, members and volunteers over the years have worked tirelessly on behalf of the River. We have had great success and have much more to do to protect this unique river. We continue to face the challenge of protecting the outstanding resources of the Mukwonago River in the face of land use pressure and other potential threats. Where development is to occur, practices exist for development design, stormwater management, and land and water conservation that will serve to help us meet these objectives. Where appropriate, public and private land preservation can play a key role in protecting the natural heritage of the Mukwonago River watershed for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Educating everyone about the incredible Mukwonago River will spread awareness of our great resource. With your help the Friends is positioned to address the threats to the watershed resources as they appear and grow the interest in it.
For a stream of this size, over 20 species would be considered quite diverse. Only much larger systems like the Wisconsin and the Mississippi have comparable levels of fish diversity.
It is the only stream in Wisconsin where this occurs.
This is the only stream in the state where this occurs.
Our Watershed Accomplishments
Our accomplishments have been possible because of the great people who have supported the organization in many capacities throughout the years. We have done some great things with you, our members, donors and volunteers. Thank you for all that we have accomplished. Click the image above to see the timeline.
Board of Directors
Three board members retired recently to pursue other activities. We thank Ed Olson, Gina Howden and Dick Jenks for their valuable contributions. Please contact us if becoming a board member might be a good fit for you with Friends. Click the image above to meet our Board.
Join a Committee
We have commmittees responsible for the direction of our watershed protection efforts as well as to ensure the ongoing success of our organization. Click the image above to see the complete list.
Our Strategic Plan and Other Documentation
Click the image above to see our Strategic Plan, promotional materials, watershed maps and more.