Project Description

There’s a long history behind the stewardship work we do; techniques and timing, skill and science.

After 20+ years and 500+ acres, we’ve learned quite a bit. Nature is an excellent teacher.

Growing Forests

We are returning former farm fields to forests by planting trees—thousands of them! As they grow, they will prevent erosion and provide critical forest habitat for birds, bugs, and other wildlife.  We have restored a native forest area by planting over 5,100 trees in land the Foundation owns outside of Green Bay, and hundreds of trees throughout the Greenway itself.  Our care for all the ecosystems in Baird Creek and in the surrounding watershed is what makes Baird Creek special.

Controlling Invasives

Invasive species arrive in areas by boat, air, feet and wildlife.  Often when they reach an area they are the strongest competitors and trees, flowers, and other native habitat suffer.  They crowd out, choke out or shade out our native species.  Fewer of our native plants means less bugs, birds, and other animals.  It’s all interconnected.

Exploring and employing an array of techniques to control the spread of invasives on our preserves is one of Baird Creek Preservation Foundation’s priorities.

We use many treatment techniques to combat invasive species in the Baird Creek Greenway.  We fight invasives such as: Garlic Mustard, Buckthorn, Phragmites, and more.  We are looking for volunteers (individuals, groups, companies, etc.), to help us stop the spread of these damaging plants.

Sowing Seeds

In the early 20th century, changes in agricultural technology and population growth caused a decline in grasslands. We have been working to re-establish these once plentiful habitats by restoring areas of the Greenway to Oak Savannas and transforming retired farm fields to grasslands, prairies, forests, or wetlands depending on what their native state was.  We have in the last couple years planted over 30 acres of native seed which has created pollinator habitats for birds, bees, and butterflies and established safe havens for wildlife.