Friends of Brown Deer Park

Friends of Brown Deer Park In cooperation with Park People of Milwaukee County, the Friends of Brown Deer Park group is an important catalyst to enhance and protect Brown Deer Park.

The Friends of Brown Deer Park was launched in the Fall of 2016 to provide support and advocacy for beautiful Brown Deer Park. Brown Deer Park is the largest Milwaukee County Park that did not yet have an active Friends Group. Working in cooperation with the Park People of Milwaukee County, the Friends group is an important catalyst to enhance and protect Brown Deer Park. Brown Deer Park, and all

The Friends of Brown Deer Park was launched in the Fall of 2016 to provide support and advocacy for beautiful Brown Deer Park. Brown Deer Park is the largest Milwaukee County Park that did not yet have an active Friends Group. Working in cooperation with the Park People of Milwaukee County, the Friends group is an important catalyst to enhance and protect Brown Deer Park. Brown Deer Park, and all

Operating as usual

08/13/2021

We are urging everyone to reach out to your County Supervisors. We believe there are better ways to address the needs of the poor. See the message below from Brian Russart, who is the supervisor for Milwaukee County Parks Natural Resources.

Hello Parks Conservation Partners,

I just wanted to make you aware of a potential County ordinance amendment (attached) that Supervisor Clancy has drafted and submitted to the other County Board members for review. Because this amendment would alter the existing county ordinance (#47.08) that protects natural areas within the park system I thought you may be interested in the potential ramifications to natural areas and the species protected within them given your past efforts restoring and protecting the park system’s natural places.

The current ordinance (#47.08) does not allow the public to collect, damage, or harass any native species of plant, wildlife, or fungi within the park system. Supervisor Clancy's potential ordinance amendment would allow foraging for fruits, nuts, and fungi as acceptable activities within the park system’s natural areas. Parks did reach out to Supervisor Clancy stating its concerns during the draft amendment phase and a portion of those concerns were addressed in the final draft, which Parks appreciates, however several significant concerns were not addressed such as:

The amendment gives Parks the authority to designate known contaminated sites as “non-collection sites.” Parks advocated for this addition due to public health concerns.

However, Parks also advocated for the ability to designate natural areas that SEWRPC (Regional Planning Commission) has designate as Natural Areas of Regional and/or Local Significance within the park system. Parks was not granted that authority, and those important natural areas have no protection from foraging in this amendment. Parks made the Supervisor aware that the DNR reserves the right to classify any state-owned site a 'non-collection" site. Parks felt this was an important point because the DNR regulations are being used as one of the models for this proposed ordinance amendment.

Basically, this amendment would allow Parks to classify what are typically the lowest quality natural areas in the park system as non-collection sites, but Parks is not allowed to classify our highest quality natural areas as non-collection sites.

From the amendment "the Director, DPRC, shall be permitted to exclude certain species of nut and fruit producing trees (as listed by the state of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources), that are extremely rare, from the permissible foraging activities". This only protects the two state-listed forageable species in the park system and does not protect many other native species that are locally rare in Milwaukee County. Parks had asked for the ability to determine the forageable species list in order to protect vulnerable species, but was denied that opportunity.

From the amendment "foraging shall be limited to collection of fruits, nuts, and mushrooms that are in abundance". Parks expressed concern with this language because as written this allows the public to decide what is "in abundance". Parks made the Supervisor aware that our internal surveys of native plant species are incomplete and that we haven’t done any surveys for fungi. If Parks can’t fully answer the question of what is abundant or rare then how can the public possibly make that judgement call in the field while foraging? Parks asked for more time and resources to conduct the necessary biological surveys, but was denied that opportunity.

From the amendment "Milwaukee County should permit ethical foraging for personal use." Parks questioned this language because there is no way to determine or measure “ethical personal use”. There's also no way to regulate it. Parks is concerned that this amendment waters down the main County ordinance that protects nature in the park system by giving the general public the right to decide what they should or shouldn't forage based on their personal ethics. Everyone's ethics will be different. Parks recommended that ordinances should be written or amended in a way that provides clear guidance.

The repeated reference in the amendment for the need for Milwaukee County's foraging policy to be more like Waukesha's, Dane's, or the State's foraging policies isn't an adequate comparison. Neither Waukesha or Dane counties, nor the communities adjacent to state properties, have the dense urban populations that are found in Milwaukee County. The potential foraging pressure in Milwaukee County is immensely higher than anywhere else in the state and would be more comparable to Chicago and its collar counties. A fairer assessment would be to review the Chicago area Forest Preserves, Park Districts, and Conservation District to see if they allow foraging and inquire as to foraging's impacts on their urban natural areas. Parks has offered to make this assessment if allowed.

In the 13 years that I've worked for Parks I've always felt we try to be a practical organization when it comes to public use of natural areas. Parks has never stopped anyone from eating raspberries as they walk through our natural areas, has never stopped citizens from eating apples from one of our orchards, has never stopped citizens from collecting asparagus (it's a non-native species). Nor is Parks ever likely to tell citizens not to do these select activities. This potential amendment removes that decision making process from Parks staff trained to make those decisions, and places it in the hands of foragers. We've all seen "personal ethics" on display when we've stopped individuals with large gunny sacks of wild leeks/ramps leaving the park system's natural areas. While this particular amendment doesn't impact protections for herbaceous species like wild leeks/ramps it does set precedent for removing those protections down the road. In the last 200 years Milwaukee County has lost over 95% of its original natural areas and likely hundreds of species have going extinct in the county because of it. Do we really need to exploit what little is left for personal gain?

I know you are all passionate about conservation, and Parks is incredibly fortunate to have you as conservation partners breathing life back into our natural areas. If you have concerns with this amendment, please consider reaching out to your elected Milwaukee County officials and share your or your organization's conservation perspective in a thoughtful meaningful way.

Have an excellent day

Brian Russart

Natural Areas Supervisor



Milwaukee County Parks

T: 414-257-6521 / 414-378-5521

[email protected]

countyparks.com

08/11/2021

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Due to a power outage at the boathouse, tonight's meeting is cancelled.

saw Gerry fishing this morning at the far south end of the lagoon...can you see him?  her? (please pardon the subpar pho...
08/08/2021

saw Gerry fishing this morning at the far south end of the lagoon...can you see him? her? (please pardon the subpar photo)

saw Gerry fishing this morning at the far south end of the lagoon...can you see him? her? (please pardon the subpar photo)

Eddee Daniel has written an interesting book about the Milwaukee River Greenway. It can be purchased several ways. See a...
08/04/2021
The Milwaukee River Greenway: A Wealth of Nature in the Heart of the City | A Wealth of Nature

Eddee Daniel has written an interesting book about the Milwaukee River Greenway. It can be purchased several ways. See attached:
https://awealthofnature.org/the-milwaukee-river-greenway-a-wealth-of-nature-in-the-heart-of-the-city/

"The Milwaukee River Greenway: A Wealth of Nature in the Heart of the City" is a new book about the Greenway by Eddee Daniel. Published by River Revitalization Foundation.

07/26/2021

Thank you to our Friends member Heather Wessel for posting the new Coneflower photo as our main photo!

thank you to all the volunteers who helped groom the boathouse perennial beds. And special thanks to our Thistle Queen, ...
07/24/2021

thank you to all the volunteers who helped groom the boathouse perennial beds. And special thanks to our Thistle Queen, Renate, who has been diligently working to remove thistles near the boathouse. Beautiful job!

Thank you for all the volunteers who helped clean up the lagoon, and groomed the Green Bay entrance to the park. It look...
07/10/2021

Thank you for all the volunteers who helped clean up the lagoon, and groomed the Green Bay entrance to the park. It looks great.

The 4th of July is a large cause of celebration throughout the County Parks. Unfortunately, the parks are left in mounta...
07/06/2021

The 4th of July is a large cause of celebration throughout the County Parks. Unfortunately, the parks are left in mountains of trash each year. A few of us assisted the Brown Deer park staff in cleaning up on Sunday for 3 hours. Our Friends at Lincoln Park decided to make their clean-up an event and asked Guy Smith and David Crowley to speak to the media about the challenges the 4th of July (and other large celebrations like this) present for the parks. Without volunteers, the parks are insufficiently staffed to clean up after many inconsiderate and disrespectful park visitors. We want to thank everyone that assisted us in Brown Deer Park and also to the volunteers at Lincoln Park. Thanks for making a difference.

The 4th of July is a large cause of celebration throughout the County Parks. Unfortunately, the parks are left in mountains of trash each year. A few of us assisted the Brown Deer park staff in cleaning up on Sunday for 3 hours. Our Friends at Lincoln Park decided to make their clean-up an event and asked Guy Smith and David Crowley to speak to the media about the challenges the 4th of July (and other large celebrations like this) present for the parks. Without volunteers, the parks are insufficiently staffed to clean up after many inconsiderate and disrespectful park visitors. We want to thank everyone that assisted us in Brown Deer Park and also to the volunteers at Lincoln Park. Thanks for making a difference.

We have a new order of shirts -- short sleeve (blue) and long sleeve (orange).  Short sleeve is $10 and long sleeve is $...
06/25/2021

We have a new order of shirts -- short sleeve (blue) and long sleeve (orange). Short sleeve is $10 and long sleeve is $12. We have all sizes available, and $4 from each short sleeve and $3 from each long sleeve will go into our Friends of Brown Deer Park account as a donation. Please let us know if you would like any shirts by emailing [email protected]. Thank you!

Here is the 2nd group of photos from Steve Bell. Steve is always happy to sell his images and can be reached at eyeonmke...
06/22/2021

Here is the 2nd group of photos from Steve Bell. Steve is always happy to sell his images and can be reached at [email protected]. Enjoy.

Steve Bell has graced us with many new photos. We will share them via 2 posts due to the generous number of great images...
06/22/2021

Steve Bell has graced us with many new photos. We will share them via 2 posts due to the generous number of great images.

Thank you to the Friends who tackled the Boathouse perennial beds on Saturday to w**d and trim -- perfect weather and we...
06/20/2021

Thank you to the Friends who tackled the Boathouse perennial beds on Saturday to w**d and trim -- perfect weather and we found a Monarch butterfly caterpillar.

06/20/2021

Hello Friends of Brown Deer Park:

We want to ask if you would please be able to "adopt" a portion of either the Green Bay Rd. entrance or the Boathouse perennial garden beds to do some w**ding and check in on a periodic basis (say once every week or two). The beds are really exploding with our flowers and plants, but also with w**ds! It's pretty overwhelming to try to w**d them once a month when we have our scheduled events, and it would be wonderful to be able to keep them more under control. If you can, please just let us know so we can keep a list to ensure we're not duplicating efforts. Thank you and please join in to lend a hand if you can at all.

This morning I saw a turtle laying eggs in the middle of the grass near picnic area 8. Sadly, real estate is apparently ...
06/17/2021

This morning I saw a turtle laying eggs in the middle of the grass near picnic area 8. Sadly, real estate is apparently just as competitive for her as it is for humans.

This morning I saw a turtle laying eggs in the middle of the grass near picnic area 8. Sadly, real estate is apparently just as competitive for her as it is for humans.

06/08/2021

Further update on the road construction in Brown Deer Park from LIz Sumner, County Supervisor:
The Brown Deer pre-con meeting took place on Friday/June 4. The general contractor is CW Purpero and they have a number of sub-contractors working on the project too.

The west phase work, from Green Bay Road west to Calumet extended, is beginning this week. The road will be closed to the public until late August. The plan is to have the road open to the public in Sept/Oct while the asphalt binder is being applied.

The east phase work from Calumet to the Clubhouse and from the east golf course lot along the road to Green Bay Road will most likely be completed in early 2022.

We are meeting with the clearing and grubbing contractor on Thursday to mark the trees that are being removed and the areas they need to protect.

06/08/2021

Update for the road repairs in Brown Deer Park:

Steve Gallam indicated the work will begin next week. The initial phase will be from Calumet north around the loop to Green Bay Road. The final phase will be later this year from Green Bay Road entrance, south to the golf course driving range. Please be aware there will be restrictions and closures.

Thanks to everyone that helped work at the perennial beds and remove burdock. Thanks to Cosmo for adding support. Next e...
06/07/2021

Thanks to everyone that helped work at the perennial beds and remove burdock. Thanks to Cosmo for adding support. Next event is June 19 at the boathouse

The Three Musketeers.  Another day in the park!
06/03/2021

The Three Musketeers. Another day in the park!

The Three Musketeers. Another day in the park!

We had a great day with our expert birder guides, Norma and Marilyn. Next year we plan to hold the event earlier in the ...
05/31/2021

We had a great day with our expert birder guides, Norma and Marilyn. Next year we plan to hold the event earlier in the morning and in early May.

We had a great day with our expert birder guides, Norma and Marilyn. Next year we plan to hold the event earlier in the morning and in early May.

Photos from Expedition4Life's post
05/19/2021

Photos from Expedition4Life's post

Brian got a photo of a scarlet tanager. We have one in our yard too.
05/16/2021

Brian got a photo of a scarlet tanager. We have one in our yard too.

Brian got a photo of a scarlet tanager. We have one in our yard too.

Brian Kozak captured photos of orchard orioles and a chestnut warbler.
05/16/2021

Brian Kozak captured photos of orchard orioles and a chestnut warbler.

05/15/2021

People love Steve Bell's photos. You can contact Steve to obtain copies at [email protected]. We have one of his photographs framed in our home.

Thought we would share this opportunity to get out and celebrate this summer:https://sites.google.com/riverrevitalizatio...
05/13/2021
GREENWAY 15

Thought we would share this opportunity to get out and celebrate this summer:
https://sites.google.com/riverrevitalizationfoundation.org/greenway15/home

Join us in commemorating and celebrating 15 years of the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition! The Greenway 15 will include 15 weeks of events to highlight our Coalition members & partners and promote the Milwaukee River Greenway from July 5th 2021 - October 17th 2021 Enjoy community events and

This pair of geese has 6 little ones to feed and protect. We don't believe the male pheasant has found a mate yet as he ...
05/07/2021

This pair of geese has 6 little ones to feed and protect. We don't believe the male pheasant has found a mate yet as he keeps calling for one.

This pair of geese has 6 little ones to feed and protect. We don't believe the male pheasant has found a mate yet as he keeps calling for one.

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Fall of 2019
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How about this for a cover page?
Here are some pictures from this past weekend.
Couple of shots from last month, I believe. Was able to sneak around this great blue heron and wait as he walked through the reeds. After many attempts, a Kingfisher in flight.
Thought you would all enjoy this 'Before & After' photo link:
Impressive wingspread of Great Blue Heron