The Wisdom Prairie Project is complete! With the help of so many, we have successfully met our goal of raising $1.9 million to cover the acquisition and initial management costs to restore this 53-acre parcel to native prairie and oak savanna.
We could not have done this without your support. Thank you to hundreds of families, companies, foundations, and municipalities for supporting our vision of caring for the earth. This project will conserve more land in a rapidly urbanizing location on the north side of Lake Mendota. By restoring this land to native prairie, there will be 110 pounds less of phosphorous ending up in Lake Mendota because of the powerful effects prairie restoration will have on this land. This means there will be 55,000 pounds less of wet blue-green algae ending up in Lake Mendota each year!
I hope you can visit Holy Wisdom Monastery to see the prairie begin to bloom as spring slowly arrives. After planting 20 acres of native prairie last November, we are eagerly awaiting the growth of new native prairie plants after generations of crops on this parcel. Please consider enjoying one of the Friends of Wisdom Prairie’s organized tours on our property. If you prefer to volunteer on the grounds, the Friends have many Wisdom Prairie Workdays throughout the year.
We are grateful to the following corporations, foundations and municipalities
for their leading support of the Wisdom Prairie Project: Alliant Energy Foundation, American Printing, John C. Bock Foundation, James E. Dutton Foundation, Inc., The Evjue Foundation, Inc., Madison Community Foundation, Madison Gas & Electric, Monona State Bank, Town of Westport, US Fish & Wildlife Service.