Volunteers gather to maintain park


Josh Stoughton

Volunteers gather at Natureland Park on November 18th to clean up the brush around the trees.

Josh Stoughton, Community Editor

As the years go by, our parks get older, and the brush surrounding them starts to get out of control. Due to this, the brush starts taking up the nutrients that surrounding trees and plants need to survive. The parks need people to come in and cut the brush and maintain the beauty of the land so that these plants can survive. That is what the Natureland Park Fall Workday was for.

Kettle Moraine Land Trust teamed up with the Walworth County groundskeeper crew, along with volunteers, to go over to Natureland Park and help maintain the wooded area. This included cutting brushes, removing any unwanted weeds, and making sure that the trees that were planted had enough space to grow. 

The Walworth County groundskeeper and Kettle Moraine gather volunteers to maintain the Natureland Park in Walworth County.
(Josh Stoughton)

“Part of the quality of life here in Walworth County is because of our lakes, wetlands, woodlands, our open spaces, and our farms. That is part of what we love about living in this region,” said Kettle Moraine Land Trust managing director Rory Klick. “I think we have to proceed with an understanding that as there is development, there also needs to be active work to protect the open space that we have.”

Kettle Moraine Land Trust maintains a couple of parks around Walworth County, which are Natureland Park and Price Park. They make sure that the parks are clean and beautiful so that visitors have a chance to view the natural landscape without anything ruining the land. 

“It is important that the community gets out to see the work that is required to maintain these parks,” said Walworth County groundskeeper Steve Messick. “They then feel a little bit of ownership with what is everybody’s park.”

With the help of volunteers from the community, our parks are able to maintain the beauty that they were before the brush and garbage ruined them. Along with maintaining the parks, one can also just go outside and hike the parks to get a sense of beauty, and then want to help the park.

“You don’t preserve what you don’t appreciate,” said Klick. “When we get people out to do a day like this, it is one small step in connecting the community with the land and getting them to appreciate the land.”