News Digest

Master Gardeners offer hotline

Sheboygan County Master Gardener Volunteers will be at the UWExtension Office, located on the UW-Sheboygan Campus, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. to answer horticultural calls or consult in person with homeowners who have questions about yard and garden care.

Master Gardener volunteers will staff the horticultural hotline from May through September.

Master Gardener volunteers are trained volunteers who assist UWExtension staff by helping people better understand horticulture.

Visit the UW-Extension Sheboygan County web site at http://sheboygan. uwex.edu for office location and horticultural information.

The Sheboygan County Master Gardener volunteers are individuals who have an interest in horticulture, have taken Master Gardener training offered by the UW-Extension and share their time and expertise with others. It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill of gardening and the giving back to the community that distinguishes UW-Extension Master Gardener volunteers from other gardeners.

To reach the Horticultural Hotline, please contact the UW-Extension Sheboygan County Office at 459-5900.

‘Move Over Law’ emphasized

As the highway construction season begins, the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office along with the Wisconsin State Patrol and Sheboygan County Highway Department will be conducting a focused effort on educating the public and enforcing Wisconsin’s “Move Over Law.”

The law states when an emergency vehicle, highway maintenance vehicle or tow truck is on the side of the road with its emergency lights on, motorists need to either move over to a safer lane, or slow down when a lane change is not possible. By obeying the law, motorists create a safety zone which reduces the dangers to themselves and those working along the highway.

In the next several weeks, Sheboygan County and the Wisconsin State Patrol will be using sign boards, the media and increased enforcement to educate area drivers about this law. Failure to obey the law could result in a $263.50 fine and three demerit points against your driver’s license.

Each year, hundreds of men and women are injured or killed while working along the nation’s highways. Please help keep our emergency and highway maintenance workers safe by moving over or slowing down. With your cooperation, we hope to make this construction season the safest yet.

State forest seeking volunteers

The Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit covers almost 30,000 acres and has approximately 900,000 visitors annually. With all this land to cover and with all those visitors, the Northern Unit staff needs some extra help with a variety of tasks.

If you are a people person, the Northern Unit is looking for you to staff the front desk at the Ice Age Center, located half a mile west of Dundee. Volunteers are needed for four to five hours on Saturdays and/ or Sundays from May through October. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. Volunteers greet forest visitors, help them get orientated to the forest and assist with selling Friends of the Kettle Moraine merchandise. Training will be offered and volunteers will work side-by-side with a forest employee.

Those who have a favorite trail they enjoy walking, running, biking or horseback riding can help as trail stewards. Stewards help keep staff alert to the maintenance needs and unique natural happenings on their trails. Volunteers sign up for a trail or specific trail loop/section.

The Northern Unit is also looking for nature enthusiasts who enjoy sharing their love and knowledge of nature with people of all ages, but especially children. The Northern Unit will continue summer Saturday morning programs from 10 to 11 a.m. at both Mauthe Lake and Long Lake recreation areas.

This year the theme is “Exploring the Extremes.” Volunteers will help children complete one of the first four activities in the new Wisconsin Explorer booklets. Help is also needed in delivering the weekend Drop In at the Beach programs, where volunteers will side-by-side with a forest naturalist.

Training and on-going support is provided for all volunteer naturalists, who need to be at least 16 years old.

The Northern Unit is also seeking photographers willing to take digital pictures of the beauty of forest throughout the seasons and people participating in a whole host of activities. The images will be used in creating program presentations and in publicity. There is no financial reimbursement for the images, but credit will be given to the photographer.

For more information about volunteer opportunities in the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit, please contact Jackie Scharfenberg, forest naturalist, at the Ice Age Visitor Center. The center’s phone number is (920) 533- 8322 and her email address is jackie.scharfenberg@wisconsin.gov.


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