Amador Sunrise Land Registry

This year, Registry members enjoyed the opportunity to participate in WEI’s Prairie School hikes, led by naturalist Dave Crawford. The autumn gathering was a special event co-hosted by Wild River State Park on the topic of water quality in the St. Croix and Sunrise Rivers, featuring guest speaker Dr. Jim Almendinger, Sr. Scientist at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station. It was a wonderful and well-attended presentation, with important information that is now posted as a feature article on the website St. Croix 360. Check it out.

We also held another “walk-about” with Program ecologist Tara Kelly visiting the property of the Wintz family, newest members to join the Registry. This benefit is at the heart of the Registry program. It’s a chance for landowners to walk their property with an ecologist, have any questions answered, and discuss how they might accomplish their conservation goals.

As always, it has truly been a pleasure and privilege to connect with the people who are part of WEI’s Registry community of 15 households. It’s inspiring to know that there are people so appreciative of wildlife and natural areas, who are personally dedicated to being good stewards of their own property. There is truly no way to measure the value of the natural treasures contained in the 320+ acres owned by Registry members—the oak savannas, maple-basswood forests, prairies, streams, fern-filled ravines, sedge meadows and ephemeral pools that ring with frog song in the spring. But we can all be grateful to know that they are held in such caring hands.

The Amador-Sunrise Registry provides conservation education and opportunity for local landowners to connect with others who share an appreciation for the rural and natural heritage of the area. There is no cost to join, and no obligation. Open to residents of Amador and Sunrise Township in Chisago County. Founded by the Women’s Environmental Institute in 2008. Made possible by funding assistance from Embrace Open Space, with support from the McKnight Foundation.

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