Nearly 300 sixth-graders from area schools spent May 16 shuttling among six sites in the annual Kewaunee County Conservation Tour.
The students were exposed to monitoring the fish population, wildlife habitats, benefits of trees, soil management, agricultural environmental regulations, wind energy and plastics recycling technology.
Agricultural agent Aerica Bjurstrom of the University of Wisconsin-Extension shared some of her photos from the event.
Tree Farm – Chuck Wagner, Wagner Tree Farm, explains to the different trees at his farm to students. Since purchasing the farm in 1992, Chuck and Monica Wagner have planted over 21,000 seedlings of many different kinds of native tree species. They have planted many varieties of trees to encourage wildlife habitat and better water quality and drainage.
Soil Pit – Jamie Patton, UW-Madison, and Barry Buboltz, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) explain soil quality at Kinnard Farms. Students had the opportunity to walk through the soil pit and hear about farming practices that create healthy soil, and why those practices are vital in protecting precious soil and water resources.
Wind Farm – Jim Jenson, Madison Gas & Electric, describes how wind power is generated at Rosiere Wind Farm. The wind turbines have been producing electricity since June 1999. At maximum output, the turbines can produce about 24 million-kilowatt hours of electricity, enough for 3,500 homes. The turbines save enough coal each year to fill a train more than 1.5 miles long.
Discovery Farms – Aaron Pape, UW-Discovery Farms talks about soil runoff and drainage at a site hosted by Olson Farms north of Algoma. The Discovery Farm concept allows producers to work hand-in-hand with government and the university by conducting research on their own farms. The research takes into account the whole farming system and how complying with a regulation would affect the farm’s economic viability.