The case of the misspelled Rieboldt Creek sign has finally been resolved more than a year after Baileys Harbor resident Philip Graupner began his one-man campaign to correct the spelling.
Graupner was on hand Aug. 31 when Greg Coulthurst of the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department posted the correctly spelled sign.
Graupner, a German translator, began his campaign in the spring of 2014 when he found “nobody was willing to apply for the official change.” That involved getting approval from the Door County Land and Water Conservation Committee, the full county board and the state. The creek is named for August Rieboldt (REEboldt), co-founder of what today is known as Bay Ship Building. “I am very pleased that it worked out, and I learned a lot along the way, so that’s always interesting,” Graupner said. He also got official recognition for correcting Piel Creek to the correct Peil Creek.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, reviews policies and programs of land trusts across the country and awards accreditation to land trusts meeting high-quality standards and practices.
The Door County Land Trust (DCLT) announced it will be going through the process of first-time accreditation in 2015. DCLT has nearly completed preparation for review. Door County Land Trust members and partnering organizations can be assured that if and once awarded, the accreditation seal symbolizes that the Door County Land Trust is an even stronger and more effective organization.
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Door County Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices.?? Click here to learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment or email your comment to [email protected]?? Comments may also be faxed or mailed to: Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 112 Spring St., Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; fax, 518-587-3183. Comments will be most useful by Nov. 1, 2015.
Wisconsin’s state parks, forests and wildlife areas are great places to experience the diversity of wildlife on our lands. As you are drive to and from these sites this fall be extra cautious, as many wildlife species are most active during dawn and dusk, traveling to and from foraging sites.
During August and September, more young wild animals are beginning to travel with the adults, and they know very little of the dangers of the road. Sandhill cranes and wild turkeys will commonly travel between roosting sites and open forage fields, and young birds are still learning to fly during this time.
Below are some safety tips to keep in mind while driving in areas where wildlife may be most active:
If you see an animal in the road, slow down to avoid an accident;
Be vigilant in early morning and evening hours, the most active time for most wildlife; and
Be especially cautious on roads bordered by woods or fields, or where streams cross under roads.