Land management activities are conducted throughout the year by the RNC Senior Naturalist, other RNC staff, and a group of volunteers collectively called Habitat Healers. The mission of the Habitat Healer program is to preserve and improve the health and biodiversity of Riveredge Nature Center’s sanctuary.

Spring prairie burn

Spring prairie burn

Many of the habitats throughout the RNC sanctuary are in constant battle with invasive species. The management techniques for invasive species on the property follow best management practices found in A Field Guide to Terrestrial Invasive Plants in Wisconsin published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (2010). This guide was adapted from A Field Guide to Invasive Plants of the Midwest by the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) and from Minnesota Invasive Non-Native Terrestrial Plants: an Identification Guide for Natural Resource Managers by the Minnesota DNR.

For more information about helping to protect this beautiful landscape become a Habitat Healer!

Habitat Healers pulling sweet clover in a prairie

Habitat Healers pulling sweet clover in a prairie

Habitat Healers not only help to preserve and improve the health and biodiversity of the sanctuary, the program also recognizes several other important individual and community educational goals as well. These include:

  • Providing a group learning environment that fosters Habitat Healers individual growth and the sharing of interests among its members
  • Helping others, through sanctuary preservation, research, and stewardship, to understand the interconnectedness of all living things;
  • Serving as a regional resource for teaching effective stewardship methods by integrating elements of experimental design and analysis into Habitat Healer activities.

The Habitat Healers won the 2013 Invader Crusader Award for their work to keep invasive species at bay throughout the sanctuary.

Habitat Healers accepting their award in Madison at Olbrich Gardens.

Habitat Healers accepting their award in Madison at Olbrich Gardens.

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2013 Invader Crusader Award