The Fort Atkinson Club Community Center presents....
Tuesday, October 29: Joe Nehmer and Steve Grabow
"The Evolution of the Glacial Heritage Area Centered in Jefferson County"
Joe and Steve will be sharing the evolution of the Glacial Heritage Area (GHA) over the past 25 years. The Glacial Heritage Area, centered in Jefferson County, emerged as a priority, targeted geographic area for natural-resource oriented recreation and land preservation. It is one of several priority areas established by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources during a statewide Land Legacy Initiative. The Land Legacy Initiative was aimed at identifying, planning for and acquiring the most valuable natural resource lands in Wisconsin for future generations. The outcomes from the Glacial Heritage Area Plan would be a coordinated series of parks, preserves, wildlife and natural areas and other conservation lands linked together to nearby cities and villages with different types of trails. This network of “strings and pearls” would provide readily accessible opportunities for residents and visitors to get outdoors to hike, bike, watch wildlife, fish, paddle, hunt, camp, cross country ski, ride horses, and participate in other nature-based activities. Ideas in the GHA are rooted in many years of high-level park, trail and natural resource preservation planning and implementation led by the Jefferson County Parks Department and Committee (with Joe directing), and the University of Wisconsin-Extension (with Steve guiding). Joe and Steve have many stories to tell, insights to provide and perspectives to keep alive on the impacts of the GHA and the many interrelationships with the extensive and successful Jefferson County parks system.
Joe Nehmer is the Jefferson County Parks Director and Steve Grabow is Professor Emeritus, UW-Madison, Division of Extension.