TWO RIVERS, WI (WHBL) - Glacial Lakes Conservancy celebrated with over 30 members and friends on June 28 at their newest nature preserve, the Charles and Winifred Spring West Twin River Preserve in Two Rivers.
The Charles and Winifred Spring West Twin River Preserve brings the number of ecologically important parcels under the GLC umbrella to twenty. All are contained within a five county area. Combined, they represent more than one thousand managed acres in conjunction with GLC which is headquartered in Sheboygan, WI.
Mary Piehl, the Executive Director of Glacial Lake Conservancy, describes the new site of sixty-one acres as a grassland restoration project with an upland hemlock forest and glacial sand hill remnant-all part of the West Twin River marsh system. Two open water habitat improvements have already taken place at the site.
"Our vision is to be part of the effort to improve the long-term health of the entire marsh and river corridor there by working collaboratively with partners such as landowners, the Woodland Dunes organization, other conservation groups, the Wisconsin DNR plus stewardship-minded individuals interested in seeing projects like this progress" Piehl said. “This preserve is available for passive recreation and allows wildlife another area to call home.”
Jim Knicklebine, executive director of Woodland Dunes Nature Center, spotted a nesting pair of Northern Harriers, otherwise known as marsh hawks, just before the event. Two such pairs have been spotted within the Woodland Dunes. “We don’t have to preserve huge tracts of land like Yellowstone to make a difference,” Knicklebine said after spotting the harriers.