To fulfill our role as good stewards of Circle Sanctuary's land, many efforts have taken place over the years to manage the land in an ecologically-sound way. Prairie restoration efforts have been underway since 1997, using prescribed burns and seeding of native prairie plants.
In 2012, as a work item stemming from our Strategic Planning process, a Nature Preserve committee was started. This committee, drawing from the talents and knowledge of community members with deep backgrounds in forestry and environmental science, developed a plan to identify and mitigate issues. This plan identified the following goals:
The first set of recommendations were published in March of 2013, and work based on those recommendations has been underway ever since. This plan is an evolving document which will be refined as conditions change.Download the plan
Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve has a group of volunteers who come out during Sanctuary Days, as well as weeknights in the warmer months.