Natural Heritage Land Trust


Patrick Marsh Visitor Improvements Project - 2015

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  • Patrick Marsh Middle School volunteers planting prarie plants.
  • Patrick Marsh Middle School volunteers planting prarie plants.

The goal of the project was to restore 18 acres of cropland to prairie at Patrick Marsh Natural Resource Area in collaboration with Patrick Marsh Middle School. The planting took place on November 14, 2013. 260 7th graders from Patrick Marsh Middle School walked to the prairie planting site, and under the direction of their home room teachers and another adult guide (an NHLT volunteer or Operation Fresh Start Crew member), the students scattered seed in designated units in the field.

More than 60 species of seed were scattered on the site. The seed was collected or purchased from local sources, such as Madison Audubon Society’s Goose Pond Preserve. The collected seed was cleaned by Madison Audubon Society, and the Operation Fresh Start crew helped sort and pack the seed. Volunteers, staff from Madison Audubon Society and Natural Heritage Land Trust, and the Operation Fresh Start crew laid out 24 planting units across the 18 acre field and distributed the seed to each unit. During the event some of the Middle School students were interviewed by reporters from Wisconsin State Journal, Sun Prairie Star, and For Kids Cable.

In upcoming years, we will undertake weed control, mowing, and burning to maintain the prairie. Total project costs came to $4,115 which is almost exactly as budgeted ($4,048).

Thank you for your support of this project.

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The project goal was to develop a burn plan that would guide our use of prescribed burning as a critical management tool in the restoration of native habitat on our land at the Patrick Marsh Natural Resource Area near Sun Prairie.

The goal was met: thanks to the grant funding of $350.00, we contracted with Quercus Land Stewardship Services to prepare the burn plan.

The burn plan includes the following sections:

  • Site information
  • Contact information
  • Burn prescription
  • Operations plan
  • Contingency plan
  • Resource requirements
  • Maps
  • Output of BehavePlus

Next steps: Pending availability of funding, we hope to conduct a prescribed burn at Patrick Marsh spring 2010. (At that point I should be able to provide you with digital photos of a prescribed burn at Patrick Marsh.

Jim Welsh
Executive Director
Natural Heritage Land Trust
303 S. Patterson St. #6
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 258 9797
Email: jim@nhlt.org

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