This letter from Brigid Reina and Rebecca Flesh appeared in the end-of-summer issue of the Madeline Island Gazette. It gives a wonderful description of their work over the summer.Read More
In an effort to fulfill our mission "to protect and preserve" the natural areas on Madeline Island, the Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve undertakes projects either on our own or, if possible, in concert with other organizations and individuals who have a desire to maintain the Island's natural beauty.
Below are descriptions of some of those projects.
Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve, the Town of La Pointe, and the Madeline Island Ferry Line have collaborated for the third summer in hiring summer interns to coordinate control of invasive plant species.Read More
Our invasive species (buckthorn, barberry, non-native honeysuckle) campaign is the MIWP's biggest multi-year project ever.
Every year since 2007, MIWP has organized and funded an effort in this continuing campaign. Here's a quick timeline:Read More
In 2013 MIWP and the Town of La Pointe jointly hired two invasive species interns (Ethan Rossing for 5 months, Stephen Thielking for two months). MIWP donated $10,000 outright, and $15,000 from a Wisconsin DNR grant, as well as housing for the interns and intern management.
The interns worked on mapping invasive species; cutting buckthorn and barberry; landowner involvement and education; and a five year plan.Read More
This article is an excerpt from Victoria Erhart's annual president's letter for 2013. It describes Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve's ongoing project to eradicate buckthorn from the island:
We’ve written about buckthorn off and on through the years, but I am not sure how clear we have made this: buckthorn is bad.Read More
The Madeline Island GIS project was undertaken in the late 1990’s, and was premiered at the 2003 MIWP annual meeting.
The Madeline Island GIS project was a computerized mapping system containing detailed information on then-current Island land-use, vegetation, topography, soils, ownership, roads and trails, etc., and was used for planning.Read More