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  • Unlikely Shepherds at Long Rifle Farm

    Amanda and Joe Brooker walked across their property near Potawatomi State Park to the pasture where their flock of sheep was grazing. Buck, the resident livestock guardian dog, announced their arrival with deep, booming barks that would keep any potential four-legged – or two-legged – predator at bay.  If you had asked Amanda, who has […]

  • Sustainable Home Tours Oct. 15

    Architects Virge Temme and Meghan Hawkins, both specialists in sustainable homes and passive-house construction, will host an architectural tour of four high-performance homes in Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor and Sister Bay on Oct. 15, 10 am – 4 pm. The homes on display are of diverse design and construction techniques, all aimed at improving energy […]

  • Escarpment Geotourism Program Available

    The Niagara Escarpment Resource Network has a new geotourism program that offers a comprehensive guide to northeastern Wisconsin’s 230 miles of Niagara Escarpment.  Users mainly access the program through an ESRI StoryMap interface to create the desktop and mobile-friendly WI-LEDGE Rambler Map Guide, which features more than 50 (and growing) publicly accessible sites and trails […]

  • Backyard Invasives with Master Gardeners

    The Door County Master Gardener Association will continue its gardening lecture series with “Backyard Invasives: It’s Not All Bad News” on Oct. 6, 6:30 pm, in the Collins Learning Center’s lecture hall at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay.  Samantha Koyen – a conservationist with the Door County Soil and Water […]

  • Climate Change Programs in October

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County will host “The Earth Beneath Our Feet: Climate Change and the Soil-loss Crisis” on Oct. 12, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. Presenter Jo Handelsman will discuss our soil, the causes for its degradation, its relationship to carbon transfer and climate, and […]

  • Cape Cod Commission Director Visits Door County

    The Door County Environmental Council will host Erin Perry, deputy director of the Cape Cod Commission, on Oct. 11, 7 pm, for a program about balancing tourism with protecting the environment. Door County is sometimes referred to as “the Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Geologically, both are peninsulas that jut out into large bodies of […]

  • Hazardous-Waste Collection

    Are you storing unwanted hazardous-waste products as part of your agricultural business or at your home? Take them to one of the Door County Agricultural and Household Hazardous Waste Program collection sites, where they’ll be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. Waste collections will be held Nov. 4, 3:30-5:30 pm, at the […]

  • County Earns High Flyer Designation

    The Door County Facilities and Parks Department has been awarded “High Flyer” status as a Bird City Wisconsin Community in recognition of its policies and efforts in community education, habitat preservation and bird protection. Communities that meet additional, and more involved, criteria in their conservation and education programs are eligible for High Flyer consideration.  See […]

  • Rent Paid for Soil and Water Protection

    New county map makes it easier for producers to find eligible land Farmers don’t need to plant every tillable edge and corner of their fields, only to see it not produce and watch valuable soil and expensive chemicals wash into wetlands. Instead, producers can get paid for not planting some of those less profitable, barely […]

  • Plum Island Nuisance Deer Control Program

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to continue the Nuisance Deer Control Program on Plum Island. Controlling the deer population to sustain healthy forest habitats is one of the primary biological goals for the refuge, but this program also achieves a secondary goal of providing recreational […]

  • Humans and Their Role in Nature

    In Wisconsin, humans have been the single most important species in determining the structure of the environment and landscape, and in the prehistoric development of horticulture since the last glaciers receded 12,000 years ago.  Robert Jeske – a professor emeritus in UW-Milwaukee’s Department of Anthropology and the adjunct curator of anthropology at the Milwaukee Public Museum […]

  • Enrollment Open for Ridges’ Forest School

    Enrollment for The Ridges Sanctuary’s Forest School in Baileys Harbor is open. This new program – intended for homeschooled children ages 5-9 who enjoy outdoor, hands-on learning – will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11:30 am.   During this program, students will hike through diverse ecosystems and learn how to record their observations and questions. The […]

  • Fall Tree Giveaway

    During September, Destination Door County and the Climate Change Coalition of Door County are teaming up for a tree giveaway. Representatives from the two organizations will be at farm markets and festivals this month to hand out free trees and other Door County items. Trees (with planting instructions) will be available on a first-come, first-served […]

  • Herbal Tea Time

    Join pharmacist and herbalist Dave LaLuzerne for a wild take on high tea Sept. 21, 4 pm, at Kick Ash Coffee, 12001 Mink River Road in Ellison Bay.  LaLuzerne, who’s renowned for his herbal tea gatherings, will serve a selection that includes chicory/chocolate mint, linden flower and wild marjoram, as well as herbal hors d’oeuvres. […]

  • Goats Help Combat Buckthorn

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a special class of new land managers working at the Brule River State Forest: goats. Beginning in May, the DNR partnered with Regenerative Ruminants to place goats in portions of the forest that had been overrun with invasive buckthorn as part of its integrated pest-management plan. The […]

  • Communicating About Climate Change

    “Talking about Climate Change Effectively with Media and the Public” will be the topic of a Climate Change Coalition of Door County presentation Sept. 13, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. The presenter is Dominique Brossard, a professor and the chair of UW-Madison’s Life Sciences Communication Department. Brossard will emphasize the need for clear, easy-to-understand […]

  • Land Trust Adds Egg Harbor Tract

    Granddaughters of the late Harry Nevins are continuing the family’s conservation legacy The new Door County Land Trust (DCLT) leader did not negotiate for the latest property acquisition, but she most certainly applauded it. This summer, DCLT received ownership of 9.27 acres of unspoiled Green Bay shoreline, wetland and forest to add to the more […]

  • WPS Joins Monarch Conservation Program

    Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and its parent company, WEC Energy Group, are joining a new, nationwide effort to help restore and increase the monarch butterfly population, which has dwindled by 80% in the eastern United States since the 1990s because of the loss of habitat and food sources.  As a result, the U.S. Fish and […]

  • Ridges Labor Day Events Celebrate Nature for All

    The Ridges Sanctuary will dedicate its new, ADA-compliant Range Light Boardwalk on Friday, Sept. 2, 2:30 pm. The accessible boardwalk connects the Upper and Lower Range Lights and allows visitors to easily navigate the open corridor between the two historical buildings. The dedication presentation and social time will be held at the Upper Range Light. […]

  • Johnsongrass Discovered at Clark Lake

    Association helps county kill invader that can harm livestock County officials aren’t sure how a clump of invasive tall grasses wound up near Clark Lake, but they certainly want to kill it. Mark Weisse, chair of the Clark Lake Association’s Water Quality and Vegetation Control Committee, said the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) frequently […]