Our Mission and Goals
Our mission is simply to help facilitate mutualistic relationships between people and nature.
Our goals include, but are not limited to (in no particular order):
- Enhance or protect the beauty and vitality of each place we work.
- Contribute to the scientific understanding of local species, their habitats, and their conservation.
- Help to recover or preserve rare species and imperiled habitats wherever opportunities exist.
- Connect people to the historic landscapes and lifeforms of the places that they live.
- Reduce the negative impacts of invasive plants.
- Offer species specific information and management recommendations.
- Demonstrate the many benefits of thoughtful stewardship.
Who do we work for?
Almost all of our services are provided throughout the state of Wisconsin. We also offer botanical consulting services in adjacent states. If you have questions about whether or not we can help you, please contact us.
For the Record: Our Logo is Lupine!
Our logo has received a number of comments, and apparently has even offended a few people because it supposedly resembles a pot leaf. Although we are typically amused, the potential for any type of negative response was not considered or intended when we chose our logo (more detail about that in a second). While it’s good that people are quick to recognize the distinctness of a palmately compound leaf, the similarities in the appearance of these two species end there. The individual leaflets of lupine are distinctly rounded at their tips (the outline looks more like an aster flower than pot), whereas Marijuana has elongated leaflets that gradually taper to a very pointy tip, so it’s a proven fact that they look noting alike. Lupine is legume, so it’s more closely related to beans, peas, or black locust.
The reason we chose Lupine (pictured above) is because it exemplifies the unique and highly specialized relationships that are ubiquitous between our native plants, the land, and our local wildlife. Many people are aware than monarch butterflies require milkweeds in order to reproduce, but few people realize that these types of specialized relationships are the norm, rather than the exceptions. Even fewer people recognize how critical these relationships are as the foundation of natural food webs. No matter what wildlife you care about, they either eat bugs, eat plants, eat critters that eat bugs or plants, or eat they eat almost anything (like people). Simply by promoting a rich assortment of local plant species (almost 2,000 species native to WI) and habitat features that our local wildlife are adapted to, we can all play an important role in helping to conserve our exceptionally rich natural heritage.
We live in the bed of an extinct glacial lake that is overrun with sand and many of the folks that live or stay around here hate it! While it does get everywhere (which soil type doesn’t?), we (and, of course, Aldo Leopold) are among the minority who happen to love it because of the uniqueness of the species that the area supports. Lupine happens to be one of the plants that is common around here because of our sandy substrate. It also happens to be the exclusive food source of a federally endangered butterfly, in addition to several other rare butterflies in Wisconsin. It’s of little coincidence that the last population stronghold for the Karner Blue Butterfly (aka KBB) in the North America (the world for that matter) were found in the Central Sands regions of Wisconsin. Even if you don’t care about butterflies or other bugs, you must care about something that eats them. Why else would you take the time to read this far?