Day trip to Toft Point: Millers join student and faculty researchers for a day in one of UW-Green Bay’s natural areas

In Northern Door County is a one-mile peninsula along the Lake Michigan coast with outstanding native plant communities and endangered species. This beautiful piece of property was gifted and entrusted to the care of UW-Green Bay by conservationist Emma Toft in 1968, and it continues as a rich research space and treasured natural area.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Miller and his wife Georgia joined a group of 14 students and University faculty and staff with a visit to Toft Point and the nearby Ridges Sanctuary last Friday (July 29).

On the trip, the group observed two federally listed endangered species — the Hines Emerald Dragonfly and the Dwarf Lake Iris — and faculty and students explained their research and efforts. Projects presented included: Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring, funded by a large grant from the Environmental Protection Agency awarded to 14 universities and agencies to systematically monitor the health of coastal wetlands across the great lakes; studies on the distribution of seeds of federally listed Dwarf Lake Iris; and soil sampling to determine the natural environment in which threatened orchids grow.

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Toft Point State Natural Area

— Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication
— Editorial by Jena Richter, Marketing and University Communication

Door wetlands (including UWGB’s at Toft Point) get prestigious designation

Door County conservation partners including UW-Green Bay were pleased to announce earlier this week that the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands complex has been designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty for protection of exemplary wetland systems around the world. The site joins Everglades National Park in Florida and Chesapeake Bay Estuary as the only American location. The lands in question encompass more than 22 miles of protected Lake Michigan shoreline and protects some of the most biologically diverse habitats in the region from wet forests, sedge meadows and fens to springs, creeks and interdunal wetlands. UW-Green Bay, of course, manages the Toft Point property near Bailey’s Harbor. Fox-11 TV had a beautifully-done video report.

Toft documentary wins another award for ETP-NEW

Educational Television Productions of Northeast Wisconsin’s (ETP-NEW), located on the UW-Green Bay campus, is proud to announce that its latest documentary has been honored with a Telly Award. Robert Howe and Gary Fewless of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity are among those featured in interviews in the “Emma Toft: One with Nature” documentary. The program was a silver winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards, which attracted 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries. The documentary highlights Emma Toft, described as Wisconsin’s First Lady of Conservation, and tells how she and her family saved one of the most pristine areas of Wisconsin from development. Her work helped Door County’s Toft Point, near Baileys Harbor, remain a haven for wildflowers, birds, animals and white pine to this day under the management of UW-Green Bay. “The positive feedback we have received from people all over Wisconsin about our documentary has been truly overwhelming,” said Dean Leisgang, documentary producer. “Now, to learn that our work has been honored on a national stage is a true source of pride for all involved.” For the full news release and specifics on the award.