Batt, James R. (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 20, Number 4 (Fall 1974)
Bradley, Katharine T.
Point of inflection: the Arboretum, Madison's special green patch, pp. 28-29
dation contributed $1,500. This helps us reduce the pressures on the Arboretum by assisting chil- dren's groups to find appropriate outdoor experiences elsewhere. The tour program in the Arbore- tum itself now functions as an essentially self-supporting opera- tion, for the Arboretum committee last winter decided that it could no longer spend Arboretum capital on the program, and that guide fees (at the rate of ten dollars per guide per tour) should be paid instead by the groups who use the guides' services. Other financ- ing for the program, including a gift from our supportive organi- zation, The Friends of the Arbo- retum, and some interest on the Arboretum trust funds, in addition to the Evjue Foundation gift, makes it possible for us to offer free pub- lic tour~s every Sunday during the active season from May until the middle of September. Besides en- hancing the visiting public's pleas- ure in the property, these guided tours are helpful in educating our visitors in the special values and fragility of the area. Another important gift of $30,000 from the Rennebohm Foundation will support the Ar- boretum ranger position, and as a result we expect to provide seven-day ranger coverage of the property for the next three years. A third gift this year is a be- quest to the University by William McKay, well-known Wisconsin nurseryman. Because of Mr. Mc- Kay's special interests, the Uni- versity feels the use of this bequest in the Arboretum to be appropri- ate, and it will allow us to con- struct a new operating center. We shall finally be able to eliminate the forty-year-old shacks built in the early 1930s for a CCC camp which worked in the area. This new McKay Center will provide space not only for guide-training programs and for University and University Extension classes using the areas, but also for staff offices, and for researchers' work space. An important part of the building will be public reception and lounge facilities, something we have never had before. Proposals for the building are now proceeding through the ap- propriate public agencies, and it is hoped that by late this fall we will have the architect's concepts. Photo courtesy Epgi We expect to locate the new Mc- Kay Center in the present admin- istration area of the Arboretum, just beyond Professor Longe- necker's lilacs. The Arboretum's administra- tion today is very much concerned with achieving balanced use of the properties. Three kinds of activity -University teaching, research, and public education in conjunc- tion with managing our heavy visitor population-must be equi- tably provided for. Simultaneous- ly, we must devote more crew time and more budget to the manage- ment of developing plant com- munities, so that plantings of an earlier generation can mature into the varied ecosystems originally planned. Public pressures for things like grass mowing and trash removal have led to neglect of these developing areas. The gifts we have received this year will help us to maintain our prop- erties as well as support specific programs. The University of Wis- consin Arboretum in Madison is a very special place, and it ap- pears that with care and attention -and money-we will be able to preserve it. ineering Services, Wis. Division of Highways Rapid population growth has brought increasing pressures and problems to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum. These aerial photos document the encroachment of the city of Madison on the Arboretum between 1959 (left) and 1972 (right). In both photos, the sixty-acre expanse of the restored Curtis Prairie is bounded by pine plantations, oak woods and openings, and the Arboretum nursery. The Nakoma Golf Course is in the background. 29
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