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Pheasant Branch Conservancy: Protect, Restore, Preserve

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Wednesday, August 12
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Speaker: Lloyd Eagan, Joe Parisi, Kenneth Potter, Lloyd Eagan (Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy), Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, and Kenneth Potter (City of Middleton Water Resources Commission)

Online - Zoom



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Clean Lakes Alliance
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About this Talk
We'll hear from representatives of the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Dane County, and City of Middleton about the recently purchased, 160-acre farm directly north of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The property acquisition is the largest conservation preservation investment in Dane County's history, costing nearly 10 million dollars.

Pheasant Branch Conservancy is a natural area owned by the Dane County Parks Department, the City of Middleton, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The area is also host to the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, a dedicated group focused on restoring, protecting, and promoting the conservancy as an ecological whole. The conservancy is a natural area made up of many types of diverse habitats, including wetlands, prairies, and forests. Home to a wide variety of animals and plants, the land contains the headwaters of a stream which flows into Pheasant Branch Creek before it reaches Lake Mendota.

Restoring the additional Dane County property to natural prairie will help to improve infiltration of rainwater into the ground. Prairie plants often have better root systems than crops, allowing prairies to absorb the rainwater where it falls instead of running off into the nearest waterway. The deep root systems also hold soil in place, which reduces the amount of sediment lost with runoff. Dane County expects to prevent more than 2.6 million gallons of runoff each year through increased infiltration into the natural landscape.