Green Spaces Action Team

The Green Spaces Action Team concentrates on

• promoting protection and expansion of green areas

• decreasing mowing

• planting more trees in order to help pull carbon emissions out of the atmosphere

• supporting local farmers using sustainable techniques 

• educating homeowners and landowners about the benefits of using sustainable practices on their property

Our Current Action

Watch this space for more programs and activities sponsored by the
Green Spaces Action Team 
in 2023.

Our Past Action

On October 15, certified Master Composter Rick Eilertson presented a free program about the basics of starting, maintaining, and making use of composting in your backyard. This program was co-sponsored by Powered Up Baraboo and the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Department.

Let's Get Composting!

Saturday, October 15

Rick Eilertson standing next to his composting bins.

Educating Homeowners and Landowners About the Benefits of Using Sustainable Practices on Their Property

Rain Barrel Basics

Saturday, September 10

The public was invited to a free presentation about the benefits of using rain barrels on Saturday, September 10. Attendees could register for a chance to win one of eight rain barrels to be given away during the program.

 

Baraboo resident Rick Eilertson, a stormwater engineer,  discussed the reasons for using rain barrels, how to set up and use a rain barrel in your yard, and how to maintain and winterize rain barrels. Eilertson has been involved with planning, designing, inspecting, and maintaining stormwater facilities throughout Wisconsin and other portions of the United States for the past 25 years. These facilities have varied in size from 10-acre stormwater treatment systems to the rainwater harvesting and infiltration system on his 0.2 acre residential property in Baraboo. 

 

This program was co-sponsored by Powered Up Baraboo, the Rooted in Conservation Fund of the Community Foundation of South Central Wisconsin, Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library, and Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Department. 

Rick Eilertson standing next to one of his rain barrels.

Promoting Protection and Expansion of Green Areas and Decreasing Mowing

Educating Homeowners and Landowners About the Benefits of Using Sustainable Practices on Their Property

"Why Yards Matter" Garden Tour

Saturday, June 11

The Green Spaces Action Team presented a free tour of Baraboo area properties that reduce dependence on lawns and demonstrate the beauty, utility, and practicality of sustainable landscape design. Baraboo Landscape Designer Marcy Huffaker and Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Soil Conservation Technician Serge Koenig discussed sustainable design techniques that homeowners and landowners can use, and the reasons the landscapes in these locations were converted from typical grass lawns to more sustainable plantings of native plants. Marcy and Serge also discussed factors people should consider when converting lawns to sustainable or productive space, including plant choices and maintenance. Attendees traveled to the model properties where the techniques have been implemented.   

East School Rain Garden
East School Rain Garden

Lena Nissley welcomes tour participants.

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East School Rain Garden
East School Rain Garden

Marcy Huffaker describes native plants at East School rain garden.

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Hill Street
Hill Street

Serge Koenig points out plants in Hill Street garden.

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East School Rain Garden
East School Rain Garden

Lena Nissley welcomes tour participants.

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Supporting Local Regenerative Farmers

The public was invited to a free presentation on Why Farmers Matter to Folks Who Live in Baraboo by Serge Koenig, Soil Conservation Technician with Sauk County Land Resources & Environment Department. He showed how local farmers who grow food using regenerative farming methods provide high value for products for us to consume while protecting our environment. He was joined by Roman Miller, a Sauk County farmer who described his experiences implementing regenerative farming innovations. Attendees at the presentation were eligible for a free give-away of products from local regenerative farms in Sauk County. The Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library of Baraboo, the Sauk County Land Resources and Environment Department, and Powered Up Baraboo co-sponsored this event.

Promoting Protection and Expansion of Green Areas

Decreasing Mowing

Planting More Trees in Order to Help Pull Carbon Emissions Out of the Atmosphere

On September 30, 2021, Mike Hardy, Director of the City of Baraboo Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Department, told what makes the trees on City property so important in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change, and how the City manages its urban forest. This presentation was co-sponsored by the Dept. of Parks, Recreation, & Forestry, the Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library, and Powered Up Baraboo.

Educating Homeowners and Landowners About the Benefits of Using Sustainable Practices on Their Property