Cambridge Woods Restoration


Sometimes at RRF, we do big things. Other times we do smaller things that add up to be really big. This is the latter.

In summer of 2014, a resident alerted us to a concerning area within Cambridge Woods Nature Preserve. A section of the flats had been illegally built into an obstacle course of trenches and mounds.

With the support of Milwaukee County Parks and a donation from the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, we began work to restore the area. First, County Parks staff graded the site. Landscape architects Nancy Aten and Dan Collins volunteered their time to write a plan for restoration. Using plant inventories previously completed in Cambridge Woods, Nancy and Dan identified native shrub species already found within the nature preserve that will thrive in this location. We used a grant from the Rotary Club to purchase shrubs and herbaceous plants. Volunteers from UWM and the neighborhood supplemented an Americorps National Civilian Conservation Corps team that RRF had available for labor. In one afternoon and one morning, volunteers planted over 150 shrubs and 480 plugs. More work will follow in spring, to continue restoration of the site into rich habitat.

Check out the photos at the link below:

River Revitalization Foundation is Milwaukee's urban rivers land trust. We focus on conservation and protection of riparian corridors.