Recent Projects & Successes
The Network thrives on seeking new opportunities to inform, educate and protect this valuable resource. Each new effort is grounded in our past successes so that, over time, positive impacts can be seen on the ground. If you havenít yet realized it, the Network has been very effective at building its campaign and program over the past twelve years. In that time, dozens of successful and valuable projects/programs have been developed and implemented. While not an all-inclusive list, our contributing members should be proud of some of our most notable accomplishments, including:
- 2010 - Facilitated two major museum exhibits regarding the Niagara Escarpment at the Neville Public Museum (Green Bay) and the Weis Earth Science Museum (Menasha) to help bring awareness during May, 2010 – “Month of the Niagara Escarpment”.
- 2010 – Held a Niagara Escarpment Conference at UW-Green Bay which attracted over 200 persons and partnered with the Milwaukee Audubon Society to use the escarpment as theme for its 30th Annual Symposium.
- 2010 – Hosted an interactive tour of the Red Banks Savanna landscape in Brown County to highlight the natural and historical importance of the Niagara Escarpment.
- 2009 – Facilitated creation and passage of 2009 Joint Assembly Resolution proclaiming 2010 as Year of the Niagara Escarpment (AJR-1)
- 2009 – Preparation and submittal of the “Wisconsin Ledge” American Viticultural Area (AVA) application to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Tax.
- 2007 – Initiated the “Trail Between the Parks” effort to connect High Cliff State Park with Calumet County Park along the Niagara Escarpment.
- 2007 – Obtained a grant to develop an updated Niagara Escarpment PowerPoint presentation which ultimately impacted hundreds of middle school and high school students through formal school presentation sessions.
- 2007 - Facilitated the development of research into the suitability of lands within the Niagara Escarpment corridor for viticulture (grape growing).
- 2006 – Facilitated the “Common Ground” art exhibition and related events in Calumet County which touched thousands of residents and visitors alike!
- 2006 – Fostered the development of the WDNR Niagara Escarpment “Wild Card” – the first card in this set to focus on a geologic feature!
- 2004 – Hosted a Natural Resources Foundation Tour which focused on the history and current use of the Niagara Escarpment as a source for non-metallic minerals and building stone.
- 2002 – Hosted a public conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin to facilitate the inclusion of the Niagara Escarpment into local level planning and zoning activities.
- 2002 – Collaborated with the WDNR on the development of The Niagara Escarpment: Inventory Findings 1999-2001 and Considerations for Management report which focused on identifying unique, threatened, and endangered species.
- 1999 - Collaborated on the Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission report – Inventory and Assessment of the Niagara Escarpment
- 1998 – Hosted the inaugural Niagara Escarpment Conference at UW-Green Bay. Attended by over 100 persons……this was the event that started it all!