August 11th, Rock Our Water Concert Event at the Meyer Theatre (117 S. Washington St.)– On Tuesday, August 11 at 7 pm, the Meyer Theater will feature Rock Our Water, a concert event that will include fun and music with proceeds going toward support of water resources work in the Green Bay region. The Rock Our Water event will feature music from Bill Staines, Dead Horses, and special guest and host Cory Chisel. This is a one-of-a-kind event designed to highlight our unique water resources through celebration of music. The Rock Our Water Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rock-Our-Water/1459191707734774
**To purchase tickets for this concert please click on Meyer Theatre**
August 12-15th, the Aldo Leopold Foundation is holding a conference in Baraboo, WI titled, Building a Land Ethic: Teaching and Learning Across Boundaries. This conference will be a unique professional development opportunity that will convene people from diverse professional and personal backgrounds who share the common goal of wanting to both understand and apply Leopold’s land ethic concept to their work. For more information about the conference, please click on the following link: http://www.aldoleopold.org/Programs/conference.shtml
October 10, 2015, 5K Trail Run/Walk– Join the nearly 400 runners that will take the challenge and tackle “The Big Hill” at Triangle Hill (500 Beverly Road) in the 3rd Annual Run for the Hill of It 5K Trail Run Presented by Nicolet Bank on October 10, 2015. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Baird Creek Greenway. Check back in early August for registration information.
Baird Creek photos, trail maps and access points can now be viewed on a NEW iPhone App thanks to Francis Eanes, grad student at UW-Madison! The new interactive GeoTools App is only available on the iphone.
Check it out at: http://maps.aqua.wisc.edu/geotools/surfer/
- Click on Green Bay Place
- Drop-down menu under TOPICS include Baird Creek trail map, areas of ecological interest, vistas, etc.
To download the application, anyone with an iPhone can:
- Click on the App Store icon on your phone’s main screen
- Go the “search” tab
- Enter “WI Geotools Explorer” into the search bar
- We’re the first “hit” that comes up. Click to download (it’s free!)
- Once it’s dowloaded, the app will appear on your phone’s screen under the name “SpatialNarratives”
Last summer Alex Kuepper completed a boardwalk project through a wet and heavily eroded trail area in the Baird Creek Parkway. The boardwalks were built as an Eagle Scout project. Alex began the project in March 2013 and finished in August of 2014. The project required approval of the Green Bay Parks Department, the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Alex said that the most difficult aspect of the project was finishing within the time limits of the grants he received for building materials. Alex received grants from Lowes, Home Depot, and from family members. The boardwalks required over $1,000 of building supplies and took over 150 man-hours of labor to build. There are two boardwalks, one 20 feet long and the other 25 feet, and fencing to steer walkers away from some wet, sensitive locations.
Alex said that the thing that gave him the most satisfaction in the project was seeing the way it turned out, so beautiful and functional at the same time. Several times hikers stopped by and complimented him on the project and made donations for building materials.
If you would like to see this project as well as one built several years earlier by Eagle Scout Chris Harrelson, park at the bottom of Superior Road and hike in on the trail just south of Baird Creek. The boardwalks are about 100 yards in from the trailhead. The one built by Chris is the boardwalk furthest west, and the two by Alex are to the east.
They are both beautiful projects that help protect water quality and plant diversity, as well as enhancing the hiking experience for park users.
Prescribed Burn 2013
This fall, the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF), in conjunction with Fox Valley Technical College, the City of Green Bay and Brown County, will be conducting a prescribed burn of a small part of the Baird Creek Greenway.
A prescribed burn is a fire set intentionally to remove accumulated ground litter left from previous years of growth. The benefits of the fire are many: it provides the stimulation necessary for some seeds to germinate; it allows other seeds to reach the ground so they can also germinate; it discourages the growth of cool weather invasive plants; and it recycles nutrients to the soil. Natural fires have been a part of the growth cycle in our area since before recorded history. Prescribed burns have been used for many years by city, county, state, and national park services throughout the country as a way to benefit native plant communities. We are looking forward to bringing the benefits of this tool to Baird Creek.
The BCPF has worked extensively with the Green Bay Parks and Recreation Department and the Fire Department to insure that public safety will be maintained at all times. Because they have the expertise, extensive experience, and specialized equipment necessary to insure safety, instructors and students from the Wild Lands Fire Program at Fox Valley Tech will conduct the actual burn. Members of the BCPF will be stationed at key trail locations to keep any trail users informed of the burn in progress.
The burn area is at the base of the south side of Triangle Hill, just to the west of the area that was burned in 2013. The paved trail provides one of the fire breaks, and the rest of the fire breaks have been cleared by BCPF and the City of Green Bay – and approved by Fox Valley Tech and the Fire Department. The area is approximately 5 acres.
Because the burn requires very specific weather conditions to insure safety, an exact date cannot be set in advance. If you have concerns about smoke please call Jon Kellermann, Prescribed Fire Specialist, at 920-225-5901.
The Baird Creek Greenway is providing a great way for students to learn, have a little fun and enjoy the outdoors. The ongoing restoration activity within the greenway provides students with hands-on restoration experiences and first-hand exposure to citizen-based conservation. Our organization greatly benefits from a stronger direct link to local K-12 schools.
BCPF will be working with the FIELDS Program (Field Investigations, Environmental Learning, Decision-making by Students) to provide environmental education to local elementary schools. Select students from Aldo Leopold and Wequiock schools will be learning about the effect of urbanization on water quality. The students will be given in-classroom instruction on erosion and water quality issues, and then be transported to the greenway to conduct water quality sampling and analysis.
These classes will serve not only as a way to cultivate appreciation for nature, but as a reminder that conservation is necessary for future generations to enjoy the natural beauty within the city of Green Bay.
This unique opportunity was made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin DNR.