KMLT Receives Spiritual Award
On Sunday December 1st, the Trust was honored by the Good Earth Church of the Divine. This is a relatively new Congregational Church which meets in the Michael Fields Big Brown Barn in East Troy. It is led by Pastor Simone Nathan, who believes God is directing us all to take better care of our planet. Improving the care of our earth is an important part of this Church’s mission. Their goal is also a good fit with Michael Field’s focus on reducing agricultural chemical contamination of our soils. The Church led a festive award celebration with music and holiday treats provided. The Trust was presented a beautiful plaque honoring it for its programs in land conservation. Pastor Simone Nathan said,"Their work in protecting and restoring native eco-systems with their waters has physical, mental, spiritual, social and environmental benefits for the present and for the future. These benefits help children, young people, adults and seniors." Maggie Zoellner, our Program Manager, and Jerry Petersen, our President, made brief acceptance speeches thanking the Church for this honor.
On October 19th Peoples Bank of Elkhorn conducted a 5K Run at the Walworth County Fairgrounds with music and education activities in the downtown County Square. The Trust was one of three groups honored. The 5K runners were grouped by age and sex. One group ran with their dogs, and another with their baby carriers. It was a festive and fun event. The funds raised by the event were donated to the Trust and two other charities. The funds received by the Trust will be used for conservation work in the County. The photos below show some of the runners with their dogs, and the Trust booth in the County Square. Shown in the booth are (left to right) are our Program Manager, Maggie Zoellner, and Board members Debbie Ferrari and Sue Heffron. Many were very interested in our efforts to protect lands in the County. It was a fun celebratory day.
BEULAH BLUFF PRESERVE UPDATE
Kettle Moraine Land Trust is busy preparing this 8 acre hill top preserve for public use. Many volunteers are working together to take down buildings of the former home-site including various sheds and outbuildings. Whenever possible salvaged materials are being reused in construction elsewhere or recycled into new uses. Habitat for Humanity and area recycling operations are lending support for our efforts to recycle and reuse whenever possible. Access photos of this work here.
Remaining structure removed in a controlled burn conducted by the East Troy Fire Department on December 7, 2013 after recyclable materials were removed. Deck structure was preserved to build an overlook of Lake Beulah from the Preserve.
Kettle Moraine Land Trust is looking for your ideas! We are asking for help to identify important land conservation sites and environmental programs for Walworth County. Conservation efforts are more successful when people share common goals and work together. Ensuring clean water, protecting agriculture and open space, providing access to nature areas and maintaining important wildlife habitat are goals common to many communities and the Kettle Moraine Land Trust.
In order to understand local ideas and opinions about land conservation and environmental challenges, we need your help. Please complete the Advancing Conservation Survey. It will only take a few moments and your opinion matters. Survey information will be used to prioritize conservation sites, environmental education and protection programs offered by the Kettle Moraine Land Trust.