Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 8:23am
Land Conservation Purchase Includes No Levy Dollars
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz joined Alder Michael Schumacher, Madison Parks Superintendant Kevin Briski, Dennis Tiziani and Bill White to announce an agreement for the City of Madison to purchase 23 acres of Cherokee Park with the Natural Heritage Land Trust. The agreement, which includes no levy dollars for the purchase, would expand the Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park.
"This purchase furthers our conservation efforts at Cherokee and protects critical wetlands in the marsh," Mayor Dave Cieslewicz said. "I'm excited to move forward on this conservation purchase, and I want to thank Dennis Tiziani, the property owner, for continuing to work closely with us in these conservation efforts."
The agreement, which will be introduced to the Common Council at tonight's meeting, authorizes the purchase of 23 acres of land for $1.7 million dollars and amends the 2010 Capital Budget accordingly. Once approved by the Council, the city will work with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to attain a Stewardship grant for up to half of the purchase. The remaining half will come from the Citywide Parkland Acquisition Fund, which is funded by developer impact fees.
"I want to thank Mayor Dave, Dennis Tiziani and everyone who has worked together to come to an agreement for this important purchase," Ald. Schumacher said. "This conservation purchase will continue our efforts to protect our precious marsh and preserve it for years to come."
The purchase builds upon the 2007 joint purchase of 259 acres of the marsh. The 23 acre parcel is adjacent to the marsh and is the last piece to fully insulate and protect the marsh.
"I am proud that we can help permanently conserve this land at Cherokee Marsh. Providing opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, bird-watching, as well as protecting critical wetlands that can prevent flooding in the city, is one of the best investments we can make in our community," Jim Welsh, Executive Director for the Natural Heritage Land Trust said.
Established in 1983, the Natural Heritage Land Trust protects natural areas, wildlife habitat, working farms, healthy lakes and streams, and recreational land to provide a high quality of life in the Dane County region. This is the Land Trust's fourth project at Cherokee Marsh.
- Rachel Strauch-Nelson (608) 266-4611