Category: Green Page

  • Nuisance Deer Control Program Continues on Plum Island

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are continuing the Nuisance Deer Control Program on Plum Island. Sustaining healthy forest habitats is a primary goal for the refuge, but overabundant deer contribute to overbrowsing on forest understory plants. This alters stand regeneration, species composition and overall forest communities.  A maximum […]

  • Building Better Soil with Regenerative Farming

    Local farmers escaped their own fields for a day to learn about soil health, overcoming the challenges of no-till practices, implementing cover crops and transitioning to organic standards. These practices that build soil health, crop resilience and nutrient density are known as “regenerative agriculture,” and both scientists and farmers shared their knowledge about it during […]

  • Preservation Paddling

    A green lesson or three comes with this guide’s hike or kayak Patrick O’Connell of Sturgeon Bay is combining a hobby and a passion with rewarding work, and while he’s at it, he’s sharing environmental and nature lessons with visitors and outdoor enthusiasts. When he’s leading hikes through his informal Door County Outside group, or […]

  • Patches of Maples Under Caterpillar Attack

    Some years, the native pest is worrisome but generally not lethal Partially-eaten leaves falling from maple trees and a thinning of the tree canopy in rural West Jacksonport alarmed Tom Lutsey this summer. The Waseda Farms patriarch and woodland steward noticed more sunlight than usual penetrating the woods along the lane to his house and […]

  • How to Plant Green

    Peninsula Pride, Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farms Network host Field Day Aug. 17 Regenerative farming and planting green are two of the cutting-edge topics that will be discussed at a field day on Aug. 17, 11 am – 2:30 pm, at Deer Run Dairy, N1225 Sleepy Hollow Road, Kewaunee. The event is hosted by Peninsula Pride Farms and […]

  • Green Notes: “Shoreline at the Edge” captivates, provokes questions

    Photographer Paul M. Lurie captures readers’ imagination through stunning aerial photographs of the Lake Michigan shoreline in Shoreline at the Edge: Door County’s Lakeside Forests and Wetlands. His work shows the transitions from forest to farm field, wilderness to development, and boreal forest to shoreline: photos that cause the reader to wonder how to protect […]

  • Owners Association Increases Efforts to Protect Clark Lake

    The Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) has made two presentations during recent weeks to Clark Lake neighborhood residents who want to take steps to protect the lake and shoreline. DCIST coordinator Samantha Koyen said the Clark Lake Advancement Association (CLAA) has been seeking shoreline-planting and protection grants and has already set an example of […]

  • Your Litter, Everyone’s Problem: Team Studies Buildup of Microplastics in Great Lakes

    Although massive islands of floating plastic and garbage in oceans gain a lot of media attention, the Great Lakes also have a major problem with plastic waste. “One thing most people don’t understand is about 22,000 tons of that plastic material gets put into the Great Lakes every year,” said Greg Kleinheinz, a water and […]

  • Leave No Trace Garlic Mustard

    This month’s Leave No Trace Tuesday will involve working with the Washington Island parks committee to pull garlic mustard from Sand Dunes Beach on Aug. 10, 11 am – 1 pm. Meet at the beach to sign in, sign the Door County Pledge and have a midseason check-in. Supply your own work gloves and hand spade […]

  • Ridges Sanctuary Receives Grant

    The Ridges Sanctuary has received a $1,000 Emergency Relief Grant from the United States Lighthouse Society, a nonprofit historical and educational organization based in Hansville, Washington. Of the 35 grant recipients, only two were in Wisconsin. The other was the Northpoint Lighthouse Friends group in Milwaukee.  The Ridges ( will use the grant for insurance, maintenance […]

  • Green Notes: Donation Boosts Niagara Escarpment Geotourism Program

    The Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (NERN) recently received a $50,000 grant from the David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund to advance its vision of establishing a formal geotourism program along Wisconsin’s 200-plus-mile-long Niagara Escarpment corridor. The escarpment stretches from New York through Niagara Falls (where it got its name) and defines the geography […]

  • Green Notes: What Works – and Doesn’t – on Mosquitoes

    Some claim that arborvitae trees, known locally as white cedar, may have some mosquito-repellent qualities.  Mark Konlock, horticulture director of the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, said he has seen no scientific proof that any growing plant keeps mosquitoes away from people. Plus, shrubs and trees provide shade and shelter for mosquitoes. “Even if a plant […]

  • Green Notes: Volunteer Homecoming at Crossroads

    The volunteers keep rolling in for the Habitat Healers program at Crossroads at Big Creek. Each Saturday starting around 9:30 am, anyone may show up to help with the many restoration projects at the nature preserve and woodland at 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. This month, Wisconsin Lutheran women’s basketball team members, including Sturgeon […]

  • Green Notes: Waseda Farms Hosts Climate Change Coalition Fundraiser

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County will host an informative wagon ride as a fundraiser at Waseda Farms on Aug. 7, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Waseda Farms is home to cattle grazing on more than 500 acres of beautiful perennial grass pastures. It also raises pigs and chickens and grows fruits, vegetables and herbs. […]

  • Green Notes: Learn About Niagara Escarpment on Trolley Tour

    The Greater Escarpment Organization Discovery Center will host a trolley tour called The Rocks Speak on Aug. 11, 2-6 pm.  Charles Shabica, a Northeastern Illinois University emeritus professor of earth science; and Bob Bultman, an avid caver and longtime member of the Niagara Escarpment Resource Network, will lead the tour, which will explore the geological […]

  • Advisory Committee Forms to Support Research-Facility Bid

    The City of Sturgeon Bay’s newly appointed Ad Hoc NERR Advisory Committee is preparing a bid for the city to become the home of the bay of Green Bay’s National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR).  NERRs are a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and coastal states to study, protect and conserve nationally […]

  • Guided Hike of Ephraim Swamp

    Have you wanted to visit some of the land within the Ephraim Swamp that has been acquired recently to protect its wetlands, woodlands, plants and animals, but you needed a knowledgeable guide? Here’s your chance.  On July 31, 10 am – 12 pm, Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology […]

  • Building for a Changing Climate

    State officials tour Door County for ways to build for sustainability and resiliency One of the earliest forms of building code came almost 4,000 years ago from a Babylonian king, Hammurabi. He wrote that the builder of a home that failed, collapsed and killed an inhabitant should pay with his or her life. Wisconsin’s building […]

  • Green Notes: Stargazers Celebrate Small Victory for Dark Sky

    Meanwhile, is another invasive insect on the way? The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) saw an encouraging result after raising awareness about the light pollution that was coming from a billboard and then negotiating a solution with the company’s manager. The lights in question were illuminating a sign – and the night sky – near Gordon […]

  • Clean Water Action Council Hosts Composting Workshop

    The Clean Water Action Council will host a free food-waste composting workshop July 26, 7-8:30 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Dean Hoegger, the council’s president, will lead the workshop to discuss how to compost food waste at home and how it benefits the environment. A limited number of […]