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RESTORATION
Prairies    Woodlands    Wetlands    Shorelines

Restore part of your property to a native ecological system and leave a legacy!

The face of Southeastern Wisconsin is changing rapidly. In the last 200 years it changed from prairie/woodland/wetland to farmland. Now it is changing again from farmland to high population residential and commercial development.  

Do you have an area that you are not using? How much lawn do you need? You can minimize the impact of development with land use that places less emphasis on lawn and instead focuses on using plants that are adapted to the natural habitat. 

Native ecosystems of Wisconsin: 

Prairies

The prairie is a plant community dominated by grasses rather than by trees.  Growing with the grasses are many species of non-grassy herbs which are known by the collective name "forbs."  A prairie or meadow is a low maintenance way to cover large or small areas, offers an ever-changing display of color, provides a habitat for songbirds, and controls erosion. We can help you select a custom mix for any soil conditions.

A prairie planting is appropriate for almost any area that is currently in turfgrass. 

Prairies require careful preparation and  take several years to reach maturity. An established prairie is self-sustainable and requires very little upkeep.  

Woodlands

How lucky we are in Wisconsin to have woodland property! Woodlands once occupied much of Wisconsin, but heavy logging in the 1800s and early 1900s greatly reduced the number of mature forested acres.  Since the 1930s, however, the state began to see an increase in forest acreage, and today Wisconsin has 16 million acres of forest, with nearly 70% under private ownership. 

Properly managed woodlands provide beauty, recreation, wildlife habitat, and help protect water quality in our streams and lakes.  Many woodlands in our area of Wisconsin are being threatened by invasive plant species. 

If you have a woodland that is overrun with European Buckthorn or honeysuckle, we can help. We have been successfully reclaiming woodlands for 10 years and consider woodland restoration an important part of our mission in Southeast Wisconsin. 

Wetlands

Wetlands are big news these days.  Fierce battles are fought when development is arrested because a particular wetland is found to be the home of an endangered species.  It is true that 43% of all federally listed threatened and endangered species rely on wetlands at some point in their lives.  What is less commonly reported is that wetlands also play a key roll in making the planet fit for humans.

What is a wetland?

Wetlands are usually low land areas, such as marshes or swamps, that are frequently or sometime infrequently saturated with moisture.  They often function like natural tubs or sponges, storing water (floodwater or service water that collects in isolated depressions) and slowly releasing it. They are places where the water table is at the surface of the land, and as such, are places where our water supply can be easily contaminated.  But wetlands are also essential in decontaminating water.  

Wetlands are places created by Mother Nature to clean the water supplies on earth. As natural sponges, they store and filter water.  Groundwater supplies are recharged and toxins and other troublesome water pollutants are filtered out. 

Trees and other wetland vegetation help slow floodwaters.  This combined action-storage and slowing-can lower flood heights and reduce the water's erosive potential.

What if you have a wetland on your property?

For many reasons, a wetland on your property can be a reason to celebrate.  It need not be an unsightly mosquito breeding ground.  Wetlands are some of the world's most interesting ecosystems.  Thousands of native plants live only it wetlands.  Even a small wetland is of value.  As many animals and birds species see their habitats diminished or eliminated by development, your own wetland can be a thing of beauty and a haven and habitat for wildlife.

Source: Danniel Ward-Packard. What is a Wetland and Why Should You Care? 1999

Shorelands

A natural shoreline is a bridge between two worlds.  Studies show that their can be as much as 500 percent more diversity of plant and animal species along a natural shoreline compared to upland areas.

Wisconsin laws safeguard waters and the shoreland buffers that shield them.  In the late 1960s, the state legislature established the Wisconsin Shoreland Management Program.  It directed the Department of Natural Resources to adopt guidelines for county shoreland protection ordinances.

The guidelines describe a shoreland as a buffer strip of land extending 35 feet inland from the ordinary high water mark (OHWM) where no more than 30 feet in any 100 feet of shoreline may be clear cut to remove trees and shrubbery.

Read more on our Shorelines Page.

We look forward to hearing from you.   
Call 262/ 248-7513