Niagara Escarpment Resource Network

Come celebrate “The Waters of the Ledge” by joining us for a leisurely Spring paddle along a stretch of the Killsnake River and Marsh complex which is seated on top of the Niagara Cuesta in beautiful Calumet County. Part of the 7,000‐acre Killsnake State Wildlife Area, this is a quietly hidden gem whose subtle presence belies its vast expanse and importance for wildlife habitat and water quality management. Thanks to its old grassy fields, numerous wetland and prairie restorations by the Wisconsin DNR, an increasing number of grassland birds and mammals enjoy its habitat and continue to grow in numbers and species.

Our expert guide Rock Anderson, who worked for 18 years as the Calumet County Conservationist, will lead us from the Lemke Road bridge, upstream approximately 2.2 miles to our lunch spot along the banks of the river. Along the journey, talks and discussions on the geology, history, and management of the area will enlighten and entertain paddlers . It will be the height of the nesting season which should allow participants to view osprey nesting sites and spot numerous native bird species such as eagles, kestrels, bitterns, shrike and more. Also grow your knowledge of marshland and grassland flora including the native (non‐invasive) Phragmites beds . Participants should bring their own canoes/kayaks; however, a limited number of ‘loaner’ canoes are available for experienced users at a cost of $5/person. Please let us know well in advance if you need a canoe!

Participants also need to bring their own bag lunch and a suitable cup to try some of Rock’s homemade wild tea! A campfire or camp stove will be available for light cooking if needed. Dress appropriately in layers with shoes/boots that can get wet. Pack light as we may need to portage canoes around low spots or obstacles. Specific directions and meeting locations will be provided once registered. Contact Sherrill Anderson at sherrill@lnrp.org or (920) 412‐1920 to register . Registrations are limited to 20 persons. Fees are $20 per person for NERN/LNRP members, $30 per person for non‐members. Fee non‐refundable unless tour cancelled by NERN. Become a member by visiting websites listed below. PLEASE REGISTER BY MAY 2ND, 2014 TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPOT!


Welcome to the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network’s website! We hope you take the time to explore and learn about this unique, globally significant geologic resource which lies partly in northeastern Wisconsin. The Escarpment continues to form what is sometime called “The Great Arc”, as it extends in a northern-bent bow shape until it traverse easterly through Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Falls, and western New York State. Click on “About” to learn more!

Capturing momentum from our 2010: Year of the Niagara Escarpment proclamation, NERN joined forces with the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership (LNRP) in 2011. NERN can now take advantage of the LNRP’s non-profit status and administrative and staff support. Given our similar missions, goals and shared connection to the Niagara Escarpment, this partnership will enable both organizations to enhance their outreach efforts and expand our activities. Together, we will better be able to increase awareness of the Niagara Escarpment in Wisconsin and encourage its protection and conservation.

Successful joint programs and events have been developed to promote awareness of the rich cultural landscape and environmental resources of the Escarpment. For example, our “Ledge Tours” events showcase the geology, biodiversity, history, art, food, and culture with members of the public who desire to learn more about the numerous fascinating aspects of this geologic wonder. These tours are guided by individuals who are often some of the top experts in their fields when it comes to knowledge about the Escarpment. Also, in 2011 a new annual event “Dining on the Ledge” was held at Trout Springs Winery (near Wayside, Brown County) to showcase a local, high caliber chef’s skills using local foods and precise wine pairings.

We already know that you share our love for the Niagara Escarpment and we hope that you will share in realizing our plans and goals by supporting our stewardship efforts. Show your Love for the Ledge and please consider joining us now! Start your membership now by clicking here.

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