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On December 20, 2013, Groundswell completed the acquisition of the final piece of land necessary to complete the bike trail along a restored section of Black Earth Creek between Mazomanie and the Wisconsin Heights Middle/High School (click here for a map).

The roughly 1.25-acre parcel lies south of the conservation easement we completed with Fred Wolf last year. With this acquisition, the entire trail corridor is now either in public ownership or permanently protected by easements. Our friends, Wolf Run Association, a Mazomanie non-profit group, worked to finish construction of the trail in the summer of 2014.

Our deepest appreciation goes out to Steve Schmitt, owner of the Shoe Box in Black Earth, for donating the property to us. We also wish to thank a number of Groundswell members and supporters who made special gifts to help us complete this project: Anonymous, Electronic Theatre Controls, Steve Born, Charlie and Barb Saeman, Bob and Christie Selk, and Lee and Jacqui Swanson.

Watch this 3-minute video about the how the Wolf Run Trail is reconnecting a community with Black Earth Creek.