Trails Now Ready for Riding and Hiking!

For those of you who haven’t yet seen our recent Facebook and Etree posts – a lot of mowing and trail maintenance has been going on throughout the system thanks to Wendy McCalvy, Joe Bauer, Sandy DeWalt, neighboring property owners, and our trail clearing volunteers. Their efforts have paid off – nearly all of our trails are now cleared and in good condition for both riding and hiking. This includes the River Trail between 6 Mile and 7 Mile Road – thanks to Joe Bauer, who cleared the trees, fixed a culvert, and mowed the southern half of the trail, and to Wendy McCalvy, who mowed the northern half of the trail – along with most of the other trails within our system.

Check out the NEW King’s Corner Signage!
Following last month’s major improvements to King’s Corner – thank you once again Wendy and the Americorps volunteers – our CC volunteers Sandy DeWalt and Sally Pankonen have been busy putting up trails signs so you’ll always stay on course. The new signs were created last winter by members of the Racine Pony Club — thank you for your support! Photos of the new signs are posted below.

A special thanks to our volunteers and supporters for your hard work and support – we cannot thank you enough. We hope to see our riders and hikers enjoying these well-groomed trails in the coming weeks.

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Volunteers Help With Major Improvements at King’s Corner!!

The week of June 17 was a busy one for the Caledonia Conservancy and eight young Americorps volunteers who spent nearly 400 combined hours making several major site improvements at King’s Corner.

Together, the project team achieved its goal of completing a new walking path at Arc Trail, so we now have a system of separate trails: the existing horse trail that winds around the grasslands on an outside track, and the newly mowed walking trail that parallels the horse trail on an inside track. 

From the parking lot, the team also completed a separate walking trail that connects Arc Trail and the children’s play circle, and connected the Buckthorn and the Arc walking trails, which still need widening. The trails are now mowed and marked with horse trail and walking trail signs.

 “These new improvements could not have happened without the Americorps volunteers and so many CC members who helped with their time and equipment,” said Wendy McCalvy, who coordinated the week-long project. “They all came forward when asked.”

 Follow this link to see a map of the new trail improvements!

 

Welcome to the Mud Free Zone!

Thanks to Bob and Lin Starr, you can actually avoid the mud this season at the McCalvy Tabor Woods pond. The couple, after spreading out 16 yard’s worth of mulch down at the pond, also cleaned out the cattails so you can see the pond, put in pallets so the geese and ducks now have a place to build their nests, built a pier so the School to Nature kids could look into the water, redid the pavers under the bench they had installed — they even marked where their property ends and ours begins, to let people know that the bench and the dock is available for their enjoyment. The CC is so fortunate to have Bob and Lin as our new neighbors – without them, none of these improvements would have happened.

UW-Parkside Students Present Restoration Plan for Kings Corner

A heartfelt thanks goes out to several students of the Restoration Ecology course at UW-Parkside — including Dom Hammudeh, Sydney Johnson, Jack Meade, and Nik Chapman pictured, pictured below (l-r) — who participated in a group project developing a restoration plan for Kings Corner. Students presented their plan last month to the Conservancy’s Stewardship Committee.

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Come celebrate with us!

This year, Caledonia Conservancy celebrates its 25th Anniversary in a big way. We're hosting a series of community-wide events, so we can connect with our most passionate supporters — and cultivate some new ones along the way.

Since 1994, the Caledonia Conservancy has been protecting and preserving nature trails and green spaces throughout Caledonia. Today we own and maintain over 270 acres of pristine land, and maintain hiking and horse trails for the enjoyment of the entire community.

The Caledonia Conservancy is a fully accredited land trust that relies on volunteers and donors to sustain its vision. The public is invited to attend our events so they can experience first-hand the Caledonia Conservancy’s many trails and community green spaces.

A current list of Upcoming Events appears in the right column of this page. Be sure to join us as we celebrate!

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