Waukesha, WI

Friends of Vernon Marsh

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


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



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