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Friends of the Monarch

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  • Founder
    Monarch Trail
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Barb Agnew, president of the ..., 27 July 2013 [cached]
Barb Agnew, president of the Friends of the Monarch Trail, leads a trail walk to kick off its on June 28 that included information on how the new ownership of UWM is impacting the Monarch Trail and future plans for the area. - Image credit: Mary Catanese
"Throughout the 18 months Mandel has ..., 1 July 2012 [cached]
"Throughout the 18 months Mandel has been planning the residential portion of the development, there was never any indication they needed to demolish any of the buildings," said Barb Agnew, coalition member and chairwoman of the Friends of the Monarch Trail.
But Barb Agnew, chairwoman ..., 8 Mar 2010 [cached]
But Barb Agnew, chairwoman of the Friends of the Monarch Trail environmental group, said she thinks the latest plan, which includes preservation of the butterfly habitat, is acceptable.
"I'm happy with how it looks on paper," she said.
Despite her satisfaction with the new design, Agnew said, she plans to seek more changes. For instance, she said, she wants the foundation to contribute money for parks and the restoration of undeveloped areas in the County Grounds.
The development of the campus will take years, so Agnew said she also will ask that the foundation not grade or disturb land until a final construction deal is in place.
She said she will suggest those changes to the Wauwatosa Plan Commission at a Monday hearing.
“The monarch’s ability to repopulate ..., 20 Oct 2012 [cached]
“The monarch’s ability to repopulate is determined by the amount of habitat left in the United States,†says Barb Agnew, founder of the Monarch Trail in southeast Wisconsin. “Every day we lose 6,000 acres of land across the country. Developers like flat, open fieldsâ€"exactly the habitat required by most butterfly species, including the monarch.â€
For Barb, this hits close to home. For four years she has dedicated her time and energy to protecting one of these essential butterfly way stations on 89 acres dubbed the Monarch Trail, located in an urban area of Milwaukee. But now the city is looking to develop the site.
“The Monarch Trail was established because I needed people to witness the migration in order to convince them that this area must be preserved,†says Barb. “Monarchs need this rest area to fuel up for their long journey south in fall. It also serves as an essential roosting site for future generations.â€
Barb and the supporters of the Monarch Trail have written letters and attended meetings to try to save it. While a good portion of the land will still be developed, the group did manage to get a slice of it designated just for monarchs. It was a small victory, but a big moment for Barb.
Barb Agnew, chairwoman of ..., 8 July 2009 [cached]
Barb Agnew, chairwoman of the Friends of the Monarch Trail advisory board, is joining others in stating concern that the upgraded interchange will encroach on part of the County Grounds used by migrating birds and butterflies.
Agnew, a Wauwatosa florist, said the land's elevation and proximity to convergent waterways make it one of a few spots in the region where traveling monarch butterflies can rest while moving between Canada and Mexico.
"It can't be moved," she said of the habitat, and asked, "How many can we destroy before they can no longer successfully migrate?"
Agnew and Cooper agreed this northern area is most important.
Agnew said she's pleased the DOT is willing to cooperate.
"I am hopeful that they can be creative enough in their designing that they can either avoid (damaging the habitat) altogether, or minimize the impact they (do) have," she said.
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