Walking through a snowy prairie on New Year’s Day of 1993 Nancy Thomas and Mike Samuel knew they found someplace special. As New Year’s Day of 2017 recently past, Nancy and Mike have protected their incredible 56 acres in Perry Township of Dane County with the Driftless Area Land Conservancy.
“The decision to conserve our land is something very special to us” shared Mike.
Nancy and Mike’s property includes a piece of original, pre-settlement prairie that harbors uncommon species such as prickly pear, New Jersey tea, blue-eyed grass, birds foot violet, rough blazing star, ragged fringed orchid, and mountain mint. They have also planted about 17 acres of prairie through the Conservation Reserve Program.
The property also includes about 39 acres of oak-hickory woodland. Parts of the woods have large, open-grown oaks characteristic of oak savanna. Their land is also home to species such as red-headed and pileated woodpecker, blue-winged warbler, brown thrasher, wood thrush, cuckoos, whippoorwill, northern flying squirrel, and woodcock.
From all of us at the Driftless Area Land Conservancy, Thank you Mike and Nancy!
As supporters of DALC you make our work with landowners like Nancy Thomas and Mike Samuel possible. Your help allows us to protect the Driftless Area for future generations.
Protecting Nancy and Mike’s property was also made possible by the Madison Community Fund.