Signs of Spring Hike- March 21st

Is it just wishful thinking… or is spring almost here?

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

Join BCPF Board Member, Kevin Hendricksen, on Saturday, March 21st at 1 p.m. at Christa McAuliffe Park (3100 Sitka Street) as he leads you on a hike to find signs of spring throughout Baird Creek.  Look for buds on trees and bushes or spring plants beginning to peek through the snow.  Listen and watch for the many animals that make the Greenway their home and for migratory birds returning to the area.

The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF) hosts free guided hikes through the Baird Creek Greenway that are open to the public.  All Baird Creek hikes are child-friendly and begin at 1 p.m. at Christa McAuliffe Park unless otherwise noted.  Please remember to dress for the weather and be prepared to encounter a few hills and unpaved trails.  BCPF hikes are led by experts in the related area and are a great way to learn, have a little fun and enjoy the outdoors. For parties of 6 or more, please call ahead.

 Upcoming Events: Save the Date!

  • Monday, April 20th-BCPF 17th Annual Meeting and Dinner – 5 p.m. Reception/Cash Bar, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Program at the Riverside Ballroom (1560 Main St., Green Bay) $20/Person
  • Saturday, April 25th8:30 a.m. to Noon- Earth Day Cleanup at Triangle Hill (500 Beverly Road, Green Bay)

Many Enjoyed the Trails on the Heart Health Hike

Many thanks to Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Nate Vandervest, for leading the Heart Health Hike on February 21st.  It was a great way to celebrate American Heart Month and enjoy the outdoors.  Check out Nate’s interview about the hike on NBC 26 .

Baird Creek Preservation Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist the City of Green Bay in acquiring land in the Baird Creek Greenway and to help enhance the Greenway’s value as an ecological, recreational, and educational resource for Northeastern Wisconsin. Our goal is to preserve natural woodland in our Green Bay metropolitan area.

If you have questions about the hikes or about the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation please contact Maureen Meinhardt at 920.328.3505 or execdirector@bairdcreek.org.

Proposed Changes to DNR Stewardship Fund

The Board of Directors of the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation (BCPF) is expressing our opposition to Governor Walker’s proposed 13 year moratorium on funding for the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.  The Stewardship Fund was created in 1989 as a means to preserve valuable natural areas and wildlife habitat, protect water quality and fisheries, and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation.  The authors of the bill to create the Stewardship Fund were Republican Warren P. Knowles and Democrat Gaylord Nelson.  Since its inception the Stewardship Fund has aided in the preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of land in Wisconsin.

Since our founding in 1997 the BCPF has partnered with private citizens, residential developers, and local government leaders to protect and assist in management of over 600 acres within the Baird Creek watershed, and importantly we have done so in a manner that has integrated recreation, natural resource preservation, outdoor education, and quality residential development to make Green Bay a stronger city.  Today our collective community efforts have made the Baird Creek Greenway one of the signature amenities for the City’s east side, supporting tens of thousands of visitors of all ages every year.  Let it be clear however, that these accomplishments, and the collective resource that we have created, were only possible through the cost-matching support of the Stewardship Fund. 

The BCPF has used the Stewardship Fund to acquire approximately 150 acres for the benefit of NE Wisconsin residents, with the Fund paying less than half of the total cost of these properties.  The value in this program lies in its ability to allow us, a non-profit organization, to leverage private, state, and federal dollars to purchase properties essential to our larger shared vision for the Greenway.   The Stewardship Program is a real bargain for the taxpayers of Wisconsin, resulting in an immediate doubling of the state’s initial investment, and collectively allowing the state to work in cooperation with many non-profits organizations such as the BCPF to protect valuable natural areas. 

In the future, with increasing development pressure and demands on the state’s water resources, the Stewardship Fund is going to be even more necessary to protect water quality and preserve natural spaces for the public to enjoy.  Acquiring a piece of land for these purposes is an extended process requiring several years of planning and effort to complete.  A moratorium of even a year disrupts the ability of private organizations to work with local governments on planned expansions of public lands.   Wisconsin parks, public forests, and wildlife refuges are important in maintaining the high quality of life that attracts people to Wisconsin.  A 13 year moratorium on funding for the Stewardship Fund will make it extremely difficult to move forward in protecting these important resources.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Baird Creek Preservation Foundation

President

Charles Frisk

Vice President

Dave Hemstreet

Secretary

Mathew Dornbush

Treasurer

Mark Diederich

 

Alan Nass

Paul Hartman

Kevin Hendricksen

Neal Van Ess

 

Hikers had Fun on the Animal Tracks Hike!

Charlie Frisk led the Animal Tracks Hike through Baird Creek on Saturday, January 17.   Charlie kept the kids engaged with questions and answers as the group walked through the woods to discover all of the exciting animal activity that takes place all winter long.  Many thanks to Charlie for leading the hike!

Baird Creek Hike 2015 January Baird Creek Hike 2015 January Charlie  by Jim ORourke (6) (2) Baird Creek Hike 2015 January Charlie  by Jim ORourke (18) (2)

 

 

5K Run/Walk and Kids Run was Enjoyed by All!

Please go to www.bairdcreek.org/runforthehillofit2014 for links to the race results and pictures from the Baird Creek 5K Run/Walk Presented by Nicolet Bank and the Little Hill Racers Kids Run Presented by KI held on October 11, 2014!

Run For the Hill Logo Nicolet BankLittle Racers Run Logo Red KI