Woodlands Restoration Project Changes Campus Landscape

Recently, University School of Milwaukee visitors have noticed some changes to the northeast section of the campus, especially along County Line Road and North Drive. The school began a woodland clearing and native species restoration project in December, which will take three to five years to complete. USM has removed, or is in the process of removing, dead ash trees and invasive plant species like buckthorn, honeysuckle, teasel, and thistle from approximately 45 acres of land.

Over the years, these invasive plants have taken over much of campus and inhibited the growth of native habitats. Once these invasive species are removed and prevented from regrowth, the areas will be planted with native species to restore and redevelop the native habitats within our campus. The change is dramatic for sure; however, replanting will soon follow in the months and years to come.

USM is committed to outdoor education, and this restoration project is just one example of that commitment. As the result of contributions from a number of donors, several projects have sparked a renewal in the outdoors as a place to teach and learn. These include an outdoor classroom for Preschool students, the renovation of the Hamilton Greenhouse, a newly planted milkweed habitat for monarch butterflies, the expansion of gardens for bees, and the planting of 300 trees on the property. These projects are all providing the basis of habitat diversification on campus that students can explore, study, and enjoy.
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