What is the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation?
It is our purpose to assist the City of Green Bay in acquiring land in the Baird Creek Parkway and to help enhance the Parkway’s value as an ecological, recreational, and educational resource for Northeastern Wisconsin. Our goal is to preserve a natural woodland in our Green Bay metropolitan area.
Our vision is to create a quality natural parkway that can be used and enjoyed by everyone. We envision hiking, biking and ski trails throughout the Parkway, a connection to the Wisconsin Ice Age Trail, providing trail access to Door and Kewaunee Counties, the opportunity to explore connections to local nature trails such a Mahon Creek, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and Cofrin Arboretum, the purchase of additional parkway land.
The Baird Creek Parkway Preservation Foundation was established in 1997 when a group of concerned citizens spearheaded the acquisition of a key link in the Baird Creek Parkway system: a 34.5 acre parcel of land containing areas of old growth forest and a high diversity of plants, shrubs, trees and animals. A community-wide fundraising campaign resulted in individuals, community organizations, school groups, foundations, and government successfully working together to purchase the parcel.
In 1998, the Foundation was honored to receive the Mayor’s Beautification Award, the DNR’s Clean Bay Backer Award, the Brown County Conservation Alliance’s Group of the Year Award and the N.E.W. Audubon Society’s Outstanding Environmental Group Award. In 1999 the Kress Trail was designed and will be built with the help of federal transportation funds. The Kress Trail will connect Johannes Park with McAuliffe Park through the Baird Creek Greenway. In 2001, the Foundation was the recipient of a WIDNR Urban Forestry grant for an ecological survey which will be the basis for a master plan. In 2002, the Foundation received the Mayor’s Beautification Award and the Green Ribbon Award from the Urban Open Space Foundation.
But of course there’s more to preservation than winning awards – the area’s ecology must be protected from natural invaders as well as from manmade disturbances. To that end, the Foundation organized a strong effort in 2002 and 2003 to suppress invasive species. Garlic mustard suppression occurred in June of 2002 and 2003 and honeysuckle suppression in May of both years. This initiates an effort to preserve and restore native plant communities to the Greenway. The Foundation plans to continue its mission to assist the city of Green Bay to acquire land in the Baird Creek Greenway and to help protect and enhance the greenway’s value as an ecological, educational, and recreational resource for Northeastern Wisconsin.
Baird Creek Preservation Foundation Officers
- Charles Frisk (President)
- Dave Hemstreet (Vice President)
- Mathew Dornbush (Secretary)
- Mark Diederich (Treasurer)
- Paul Hartman
- Alan Nass
- Kevin Hendricksen
- Neal Van Ess
- Jim Robertson