CLCF held its Annual Meeting on Saturday, December 7 at Camp Silverbrook in West Bend. Three new Directors were elected to the Board, and retiring President Mary Franz and Secretary Phil Recht were acknowledged with thanks for their service, as was Mary Krueger, who has been a long time volunteer leading the Prairie Work Days program. Traci Cooper, our current volunteer working in the office on Record Keeping, was also recognized for her outstanding contributions. Linda Mutschler, Executive Director of CLCF, and Denise Goergen presented the annual review of the organization.
Karen Nenahlo (Senior Project Planner for Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District), Stephanie Egner (Conservation Technician of Washington County representing Cedar Creek Farmers), and Joe and Joseph Mantoan were featured speakers. Karen presented information regarding the Milwaukee River Watershed Partnership, Agricultural Land Conservation, and the Greenseams Flood Management Program and how they relate to CLCF. Stephanie reported on the development and goals of the Cedar Creek Farmers organization and how it fits into the overall Milwaukee River conservation efforts.
Joe Mantoan began his remarks with a tribute to Tod Maclay and Geoff Maclay who, 28 years ago, helped him make his first land purchase east of State Highway 144 on Gilbert Lake. A later purchase on the west side of the road is now Sauve Terre (Safe Earth) Farm. He described the history of the land purchases and their current conservation easements. Joe then introduced his son, Joseph, who operates Sauve Terre Farm. Joseph has been summering on Gilbert Lake and developing a love of the land since he was 8 years old. Sauve Terre Farm raises grass-fed beef and is a Certified Organic Farm (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizer). Joseph described his carbon cycling no-till farming technique and the key line swales that were developed to diffuse water run-off.
CLCF is extremely grateful for the generosity of the donors who help advance our mission to conserve the natural environment of the Cedar Lakes region. Together we are accomplishing something that will have an impact beyond our lifetimes. Thank you.