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On Sunday, May 19, The Nature Conservancy dedicated a new memorial site at the Newell and Ann Meyer Nature Preserve near Eagle. In 2006, the Meyers donated 374 acres of land to The Nature Conservancy through their estate. The Meyers’ generous gift of land and other financial assets allowed the Conservancy to establish the nature preserve in Waukesha and Walworth counties and open it to the public in 2009.
Nature Conservancy staff and supporters unveiled a sign that recognizes the Meyers for their generosity and vision in working with the Conservancy to establish a nature sanctuary for wildlife and the enjoyment of future generations in southeast Wisconsin. Guests at the event were invited to take a self-guided hike on the preserve trails where they could learn about prairies, wetlands, forest, birds and restoration activities through new interpretive signage installed this spring by AmericCorps crew members from around the U.S.
The Newell and Ann Meyer Nature Preserve is 405 acres of oak savanna and woodlands, wetlands and former agricultural land. A major portion of the headwaters of the Mukwonago River, the most pristine small river system in southeast Wisconsin, rises from springs on the property. The river is home to 59 species of fish, including five that are threatened or endangered, and 14 species of mussels.
Prior to the Meyers’ acquisition of the land, about two-thirds of it was in agricultural production. The Conservancy has restored about 215 acres to native prairie. Forty-two acres of oak woods on the property are being restored by staff and volunteers who are removing invasive plants including buckthorn, honeysuckle and garlic mustard. They are also improving the health of the wetlands by removing purple loosestrife, Phragmites and other wetland invaders.
The Meyer Preserve is open to the public from sunrise to sunset for walking, birding, wildlife watching and other recreational activities. The preserve is located at S104-W38319 Highway 67 in the Town of Eagle in Waukesha County. It is about 2.5 miles southwest of Eagle. The entry drive is one mile southwest of the intersection of Highway 67 and Highway LO. Visitors can park in the lot just inside the entrance driveway and walk into the preserve.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.