Thanks to generous donations by Christine Symchych and Jim McNulty, and Margarete and David Harvey, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is now able to purchase a compact track loader. This critical piece of equipment will support the Center’s land management, facilities, and capital project needs over the next 15 years, laying the groundwork for future generations of plants, animals, and people. During this time, Schlitz Audubon is implementing a Conservation Plan that will enhance our land’s ecosystems and support the Center’s mission.
Marc White, Director of Conservation, is very appreciative of this donation, saying, “This single piece of machinery will help the Center complete more projects throughout the year by making the work of staff and volunteers easier and more efficient.” In a recent year, 546 land volunteers contributed 10,279 hours of work to improving the Center’s land.
The compact track loader has the capabilities to utilize numerous attachments needed for the management of invasive species, ash tree removal, restoration tree planting, storm water management, as well as, trail, boardwalk and fence construction. Additional donors have contributed toward the purchase of these attachments, and approximately $20,000 more is needed. There is still the opportunity to participate in this project and to leave a lasting legacy by supporting the implementation of the Center’s Conservation Plan.
For more information or to make a contribution to the project, please contact Melanie Johnson, Director of Development, at 414-352-2880 x152.