Lakeshore Nature Reserve holds first public meeting for management planThe Badger Herald

The organization that manages the Lakeshore Nature Preserve held its first public meeting for its management plan on November 30 at Memorial Union.

The Lake Shore Reservation is 300 acres of University of Wisconsin property, stretching from the Lakeside Path to the Woods of Eagle Heights, said the chairman of the UW Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture. , Gary Brown.

During the meeting, Brown and SmithGroup consultant Jacob Blue provided an overview of the blueprint process and asked the audience for comments on the plan.

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“A master plan is really a vision of what can happen on a property,” said Blue. “It’s not a construction document… A blueprint creates a vision that can outline projects to follow.

Lakeshore Nature Reserve created its first master plan in 2006, Brown said. In addition to helping guide the future of the reserve, the master plan helps deter opportunities to sell reserve land.

SmithGroup – an architectural firm specializing in waterfront, urban design and campus projects – kicked off the Lakeshore Lake Nature Reserve master plan process in September, Blue said. SmithGroup sent environmentalists and engineers to conduct a qualitative assessment of the ecology and infrastructure of Lakeshore Nature Reserve.

In September and October, SmithGroup consulted with stakeholders at Lakeshore Nature Reserve, Blue said. SmithGroup is now collecting public comments on the master plan.

In addition to holding two more public meetings to solicit comments, Lakeshore Nature Reserve has a online map that the public can annotate as well as a poll, Blue said.

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After the presentation, Brown answered a few questions about the possibility of lighting the trail by the lake, improving the reserve website, and more clearly marking the limits of the reserve.

Because the lakeside path is difficult for emergency responders to access, Brown said he was against putting lights on the path. But UW vice chancellor for finance administration Robert Cramer has asked Brown to reconsider, Brown said.

“It is better to do [the lakeshore path] I feel like it’s dangerous to encourage you to go out there and use it and then something happens and we can’t get in touch with you to help, ”Brown said. “Because it’s not an easily accessible site for the police to come here and help you. “

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