Awards and Recognitions

Pleasant Valley Conservancy has been the recipient of a number of awards, recognitions, and grants for its work in restoration ecology. These awards are gratifying because they show that our work is valued.


Bur Oak Award; Blue Mounds Area Project; 2002

Leopold Restoration Award, U.W. Madison Arboretum, 2006

Invader Crusader Award, 2007, Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species

Prairie Enthusiasts of the Year Award, 2007

Cliff Germain Award for Excellence in Community-based Restoration, Madison Audubon Society, 2009


Brock's odyssey from biology to ecological restoration
July 10, 2012 article by UW-Madison News Service

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Pleasant Valley Conservancy recommended in Isthmus

The June 22, 2012 issue of Isthmus, Madison's weekly newspaper, has an extended article on "wild places" in Dane County written by Denise Thornton. This article is also available on-line at the following link.

"Where the wild places are" A guide to finding Dane County's natural areas.

Here is what Isthmus said about us:

"Pleasant Valley Conservancy north of Mount Horeb is well worth a visit. In the space of 143 acres, you can see most native Wisconsin ecosystems, including oak woodland, oak savanna, dry and wet prairie, sedge meadow, open marsh and bubbling springs. Pleasant Valley's diverse ecosystem makes for an unusually rich home for butterflies, and the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association makes an annual pilgrimage here in June."

American Forest Foundation
Pleasant Valley Conservancy was selected by the American Forest Foundation as the site of one of their forestry field days. This event, held on October 11, 2009, was co-sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Details can be found at this blog post.

State Natural Area
Pleasant Valley Conservancy has been recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an outstanding natural area and has been selected as State Natural Area No. 551. It is a state-dedicated natural area.


Although most of the expense involved in restoration and operation at Pleasant Valley Conservancy has come from the Savanna Oak Foundation, Inc., we have been fortunate to have received grant funds from various government agencies.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (U.S.D.A.) for two Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program grants and an EQUIP grant for wetland work.

Two grants from the Landowner Incentive Program of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recognized the high quality of our wetland by carrying out prescribed burns in 2005 and 2010.