On Tuesday, June 28, 2017, a family with Madison roots permanently protected 165 acres of their beloved land through a voluntary conservation easement donated to Groundswell.
The family’s land along Rowan Creek just west of Poynette in Columbia County (map) boasts some remarkable views over the Rowan Creek valley and is being lovingly restored by the family.
Many threatened and endangered species have been found on the property, including slender glass lizard, massasauga rattlesnake, and ornate box turtle. The conservation easement ensures that the land will remain an undeveloped refuge for these and other animals and plants in perpetuity.
The property and its surrounding landscape is also culturally very rich, with a long history of use by Native Americans and farmers of European descent. And while it seems unbelievable, Wisconsin’s first outdoor rock festival, Sound Storm, featuring the Grateful Dead, was held in a natural amphitheater on the property in 1970. Read the Wisconsin Historical Society’s article here.
We honor Telle Zoller for having the vision to protect this special place, forever. And, we thank the supporters of Groundswell for making this project possible.