John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
This 60 acre woodland is owned by the Archdiocese of the Milwaukee Roman Catholic Church and is a special natural area that holds a diverse and rare plant life selection that is pristine in nature. It is also a wildlife haven and serves as a critical migratory bird refuge. It is located very close to Lake Michigan on the grounds of the Major Seminary. In recognizing its value to the area, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources lists the place as a "special place to preserve and protect", and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission distinguishes it as a natural area of county wide/regional significance. These woods are beautiful to see and visit. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Saint Francis Seminary own this land and hope that it can be preserved. Pressing financial needs are calling for them to sell this land. Many places in Milwaukee would like to develop this land for commercial purposes.
A broad partnership of local residents, environmental groups, land conservation groups and government entities are working to provide long term protection of this site. However, these groups can not purchase the land without outside funding. The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund is a state program that grants funds for the purchase and preservation of significant state lands. An application is being made, but we need your help to gather wide spread support for using stewardship funds for purchasing the Seminary Woods. This woods is sacred ground; home to giant trees and rare plants and animals. The woods need permanent protection!
What you can do:
CONTACT THE WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, GOVERNOR DOYLE, YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES NOW!
Tell then to support the State Stewardship Fund to "PROTECT & PRESERVE THE SEMINARY WOODS"
Find out more at www.mkeconservancy.org
Please support us in protecting the Seminary Woods by contacting our state representatives and senators, governor and other elected officials as soon as possible. Thank you very much. Most of this information came from material prepared by Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy, Friends of St. Francis Greenspace, Friends of Seminary Woods, & South Shore Park Watch.