Sign up to become a Master Naturalist this summer!

master naturalistThe Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program is a statewide effort to promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of our natural resources. Master Naturalists are trained volunteers who provide service in education & interpretation, stewardship, and citizen science.

Master Naturalist training is being offered on Madison’s North Side this summer (and also at the UW arboretum). Class size is limited so sign up soon if interested.

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Third Storm water Pond Planned for Wheeler Road

Madison’s Engineering Division, in cooperation with Madison Parks, has proposed constructing a third storm water pond in Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park’s South Unit. The pond will be just north of Wheeler Road near Bonner Lane and Northland Drive. City staff presented the plans at a public meeting at Black Hawk School on April 11.

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Housing Approved next to Cherokee Golf Course

On March 1, the Madison Common Council approved a plat for a new 6-acre development just north of the entrance to the Cherokee Country Club’s clubhouse. The development, from Cherokee Park, Inc. (CPI), will be called The Turn at Cherokee and will have 16 residential lots
along a new street that will extend from the clubhouse entrance road on the south end to N. Sherman Ave. on the north end.

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Russ Hefty retires from career with Madison Parks

Russ shares his knowledge of wetlands on one of many tours he led (and continues to lead) at Cherokee Marsh. Photo by Janet Battista.

Anita Weier

As Conservation Resource Supervisor for Madison Parks, Russ Hefty aggressively managed conservation areas. Recently retired from the post after 25 years, he can’t stop himself from continuing his dedicated work as a volunteer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at its Mt. Vernon property. He also plans to do some work at Donald Park near Mt. Vernon. And in January, he was elected to the board of the Friends of Cherokee Marsh.

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