The University of Wisconsin-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve permanently protects the undeveloped lands along the shore of Lake Mendota. It is an extension of the campus itself, functions as an integral part of the educational curriculum, and serves as a resource for the campus and greater Madison community.
The Plan, prepared over two years, was the first concerted effort to put into words a vision for the Preserve. It serves as a story of the Preserve’s history, current use, biologically significant natural communities and beloved cultural landscapes. The Plan was formulated by Ken Saiki Design and guided by the UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee.
The unique context and uses within the Preserve called for an approach that balanced education, research, conservation, restoration, and recreation. Perhaps the single greatest accomplishment of the master plan was to formalize the lands of the Preserve, which symbolize not just the beauty of UW-Madison, but its core values as one of the preeminent environmental research universities worldwide.
images courtesy Ken Saiki Design, Inc.