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Nature Conservancy expands Meyer Nature Preserve

The Nature Conservancy announced Wednesday that it has added another 30.5 acres of land to the Newell and Ann Meyer Nature Preserve, located southwest of Eagle on Highway 67. The parcel of land connects the east and west sides of the preserve, providing additional access for recreational activities including walking, wildlife-watching, hunting and cross-country skiing.
“Newell and Ann Meyer wanted to create a sanctuary for wildlife where people could come and enjoy the beauty of nature,” said Pat Morton, director of the Conservancy’s work in the Mukwonago River watershed. “This acquisition protects additional habitat for wildlife and allows us to expand our trail system and make this preserve an even more enjoyable place to visit.”
Because a major portion of the headwaters of the Mukwonago River rises from springs on the Meyer Preserve, protecting land and restoring forests and grasslands at the preserve helps slow runoff so the water can percolate into the soil, replenishing the groundwater supply and keeping nutrients and other pollutants from entering the river.
The Conservancy’s loop trail from the east side of the preserve will be expanded into the new property in the coming year. When it is completed, visitors will be able to walk for more than 3.5 miles and view wetlands, prairies, woodlands and wildlife including fox, coyotes and, perhaps, badgers, which have been sighted at the Meyer Preserve. Many species of birds are also in the area, including turkey vultures, several species of hawks, cormorants, egrets and great blue herons.
Partial funding for the acquisition was provided by a private donation, and the Conservancy has applied for a grant from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund. 

Fore more information, visit www.nature.org/wisconsin in the Places We Protect section.
 

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