|Nature preserve spared from development|
|Written by CSI media|
|Tuesday, 06 December 2011 15:53|
Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy in Williams Bay consists of natural, undisturbed woodland, wetlands, prairies and trails for observation of birds, other wildlife and native plantings. File photo.
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WILLIAMS BAY — A new agreement between the village of Williams Bay and the Geneva Lake Conservancy will permanently protect the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy.
The measure assures that the 215-acre conservancy will not be subdivided or otherwise developed.
The village purchased Kishwauketoe from private owners in 1990. The land consists of natural, undisturbed woodland, wetlands, prairies and trails for observation of birds, other wildlife and native plantings, according to a news release from the Geneva Lake Conservancy.
Kishwauketoe was established to ensure “the protection of this fragile shoreland-wetland area for future generations,” the news release states.
The Kishwauketoe conservancy is bounded by Wisconsin Highway 67, Geneva Street and Harris Road. Members of the Kishwauketoe Commission, the Friends of Kishwauketoe and other civic groups and volunteers maintain the area.
“I am thrilled that this beautiful natural area, which our volunteers have tended so well for the past 20 years, will now be forever protected from development for the children of tomorrow’s generations,” said Harold Friestad, who is chairman of the Kishwauketoe Commission and was the village president when the original land purchase was made. “Here preservation and education are intertwined. It is a dream come true for everyone.”
Village trustees unanimously agreed to approve the land protection agreement, which is called a conservation easement.
“Our village has set a wonderful example for what communities can accomplish for both today and the future when we all pull together,” said John Marra, village president.
“The signing of this agreement is the culmination of almost three years of diligent work and cooperation among the Kishwauketoe Commission, the village and the conservancy,” said Lynn Ketterhagen, manager of land protection and operations for the Geneva Lake Conservancy. “With the protection of Kishwauketoe, the (Geneva Lakes) conservancy now has more than 1,200 total acres of natural lands under permanent protection, and we can see the potential for adding such protection to much more of our habitat in the lakes area.”
Kishwauketoe is administered and cared for by its members, board of directors, officers and the Friends of Kishwauketoe. For more information about Kishwauketoe, go online to www.kishwauketoe.org.
For more information about the Geneva Lake Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization, go online to www.genevalakeconservancy.org.