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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:08

City launches effort to restore forgotten about nature preserve in Port

A public information meeting on proposed improvements to the Birchwood Hills Nature Area on Port Washington’s northeast side will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department office, 201 N. Webster St.
    Although the 26.3-acre property has been owned by the city for almost 20 years, little has been done to improve access to it.
    A plan by the city’s Environmental Planning Committee would include managing and improving habitat for wildlife, including birds and monarch butterflies, removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants, creating a prairie in the process and enhancing the woodland.
    Walking trails would be developed through the property and better public access created.
    The management plan was developed by students in an environmental studies class at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
    “We want to make sure the public is on board with this,” committee member Derek Strohl said.
    Work on the property could begin this fall, officials have said.Daily Press