Waukesha, WI

Friends of Vernon Marsh

Vernon Marsh, Waukesha County, WI | est. 2008 ~ Education | Preservation | Restoration


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Message From Friends of Vernon Marsh

Posted on May 15, 2020 at 8:35 AM

Dear Friend, It's been an interesting, challenging, and a bit scary few months. We hope that you and your family is safe and healthy. Thank you to any of you who are out there on the front lines during this pandemic. We really appreciate you!


Because of the COVID19 Threat and the Safe at Home order here in Wisconsin we have gone very quiet when usually this is a very busy time of year for Friends of Vernon Marsh. If you follow us on Facebook, you will have read that we cancelled all public events in the Marsh from January thru the end of May. And, because it takes lots of planning we are now announcing that events will also be cancelled thru the end of June. We realize that a hike or canoe or kayak trip into the Marsh might just be what people need right now. However, we can't justify bringing people together at this time in a group, even with restrictions. Later in the summer, we might be able to plan events, we'll have to see.


Even though all formal Friends events are on hold or cancelled, please don't stop enjoying the outdoors. Nature is healing and the Marsh is open! But please take appropriate precautions and practice appropriate social distancing. With many of us looking for safe things to do it seems that the marsh has been a most favored destination. I've personally observed more people than ever visiting the Marsh this spring. So please stay safe!!


During the past few months we haven't stopped working we've just been working on projects we've got in our plans. We are continuing our work with the DNR to designate and build a brand new hiking trail, including a boardwalk section, we are financing some trail maintenance on rutted trails near the Mukwonago side of the marsh, and we are looking into what it will take to improve watercraft launch sites on Hwy I and Hwy ES, outside of the Marsh. Hopefully, all these things will happen, it's just a matter of when.


So, please stay safe. Be kind to your family and neighbors and have faith that we will get through this.


Watch for more updates on our website and/or on our Facebook Page, or right here via email.


Let me know if you have any questions.


PS: I've attached one of my favorite photos taken during one of our recent hikes in the marsh. I hope you like spiders!


Allen Stasiewski

Friends of Vernon Marsh



2020 Board of Directors

Posted on December 5, 2019 at 9:35 PM

Congratulations to the following members who have won a new three year term on the Friends of Vernon Marsh Board of Directors beginning in January 2020. Thank you for volunteering to help make the Vernon March Wildlife Area a wonderful place.


Allen Stasiewski

Don Camping

Rachel Oemig Klien



Village Project May Impact Mukwonago River and wetlands

Posted on September 10, 2019 at 8:40 AM

In keeping with our mission of protection of the Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area and it's watershed, we are passing along this important information to our members. Please read the comments below from our partners at Friends of Mukwonago River.

This project is very close to wetlands which filter and protect our waters. There are a number of suggestions made below that would make this project more sustainable and less damaging. No matter what happens though, if this project is approved, it will impact the area negatively. It's always a matter of degrees. There will be damage to the area in the short and long term. There will be an impact from construction disruption in the short term and run-off due to lawn chemicals/poisons in the long term among other concern,

We encourage the village to do everything in its power to accurately identify and protect area wetlands and the Mukwonago River in both the short and long term!

Click on the link in the text below to learn more on the Village Website and please attend the hearing on Tuesday night to express your opinions.

Thank you to Friends of Mukwonago River for sending the notice below!


Friends of Vernon Marsh

Notice: Village of Mukwonago Plan Commission / Phantom Lakes Preserve /  proposed  20 unit condo development with potential wetland and River impacts