In 1947, ecologist Aldo Leopold wrote,
““Yet there remains the river, in a few spots hardly changed since Paul Bunyan’s day; at early dawn…one can still hear it singing in the wilderness…Perhaps our grandsons, having never seen a river, will never miss the chance to set a canoe in singing waters.”
Thanks to the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Act, signed into law in 1989 by Republican Governor Tommy Thompson, Leopolds’ description of the river that gives Wisconsin its name still rings true today. The Lower Wisconsin Riverway includes 95,000 acres of forest, prairie, bluffs and wetlands along 92 miles along the river.
If you want to learn more about this midwestern treasure, all while sitting in the river valley itself, the Friends of the Lower Wisconsin have the answer for you. They’ll be holding a gathering entitled The State of the Riverway, complete with campfires and field trips, on September 16th and 17th. Joining Eight O’
Clock Buzz host Brian Standing is Friends of the Lower Wisconsin organizer and former DNR ecologist, Mike Mossman.