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Preserve Stakeholder Meeting set for October 11

Please attend the first of two stakeholder meetings to hear a status report on the 2016 workplan; then give us input as we start planning our work for next year. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30pm Tues. Oct. 11 in room 132 WARF (610 Walnut St.). Parking is free in lot 64 after 4:30PM. A second stakeholder meeting will be held in early 2017 to present the draft 2017 workplan and budget.

View the 6-month Status Report of the 2016 Work Plan.

If you wish to propose a project for capital improvements, funding assistance or maintenance support within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve, please complete and submit the Project Proposal Form. Proposals will be accepted until November 1.

Read the latest about the Preserve...

in the Summer 2016 Lakeshore Nature Preserve E-Newsletter.

For a report on the Preserve's activities in 2015, read the Lakeshore Nature Preserve 2015 Annual Report.

The Governance Committee passes policy that prohibits the use of slacklines, hammocks and rope swings in Preserve

The policy states, “In accordance with the Preserve's mission statement, and in order to maintain the health and vitality of the trees and vegetation in the Preserve while minimizing personal safety risks for all users, the Preserve prohibits the use and attachment of weight bearing ropes, slings, belts, bands, and assorted other attachments to trees and/or posts within the Lakeshore Nature Preserve for recreation or leisure purposes. This specifically includes slacklines, hammocks and rope swings.” (A slackline is typically a flat nylon rope anchored between 2 points that people can walk or balance on and/or perform acrobatic movements.)

The Committee based their decision on several factors:

  1. The Preserve is managed as a conservation area. Trees within the Preserve are not evaluated with regards to safety, stability and strength for use with active recreational activities. Some trees, especially those off-trail, may be weak wooded or in decline and are left to fall in place to provide natural bio-habitat in the Preserve.

  2. Mechanical attachments to trees, especially oaks and elms, can result in wounds and injuries increasing susceptibility of these trees to vascular diseases and insect infestations, despite best efforts to protect the tree while attaching equipment.

  3. Posts for attaching these devices are not permitted because they may damage federally protected buried archeological sites prevalent throughout the Lakeshore Nature Preserve.

  4. Slacklining is permitted in a number of Madison City Parks.



Did you know...?

Biocore Prairie

Less than 1% of Wisconsin's native prairie remains today. Biocore Prairie was planted in 1997 by UW staff and studentsto restore mesic prairie to the campus landscape for wildlife habitat, teaching, and research.

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