Environment

Students, Professionals Paddle Stevens Point Flowage

To learn more about water resources, Students for Wetland Awareness, Management and Protection, a club at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, went on a paddling tour of the Stevens Point flowage. Led by Tracy Hames, executive director for Wisconsin Wetlands Association, paddlers journeyed approximately five miles from the State 10 boat launch to Bukolt Park on Oct. 6.  Hames spoke about ... Read More »

Organic Farm Management Training Teaches Students about Farming

As part of a training session, the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association helped some students and community members learn about organic farm management. Held at the Schmeeckle Reserve visitor center on Oct. 6, the training was designed to introduce agriculture and land conservation professionals to organic farming. Throughout the day, participants explored ways to help landowners who are practicing, ... Read More »

Students For Sustainability Tour Area Farms

With the help of Students for Sustainability, some Pointers got a taste of farm life. The student organization held a series of three farm tours highlighting local, sustainable agriculture for University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students. Attendees visited Whitefeather Organics in Custer, Lonely Oak Farm in Milladore and Liberation Permaculture Farm in Almond on Saturdays from Sept. 19 to Oct. 3. ... Read More »

UWSP Class Tackles First Schmeeckle Health Analysis

Students at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point have nearly completed their very first  health analysis of Schmeeckle Reserve this semester. Partaking in a forest entomology class for the analysis, the students employed modern approaches that could prove useful in future studies, said Holly Petrillo, associate professor in the College of Natural Resource’s forestry department. One such approach was the use of ... Read More »

Aquaponics Innovation Center Wraps Up First Internship Program

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Aquaponics Innovation Center in Montello has wrapped up it’s inaugural summer internship program and is offering opportunities for undergraduate research in fall. Denielle Gerrietts, senior, and Emma Ray, sophomore, were the first summer interns in the facility’s history and spent three months preparing and maintaining equipment, as well as tending to fish and crops. Dr. Chris ... Read More »

Composting Program Launched in Lower Debot

At the start of the fall semester, a composting program that began as a class project became part of the structure in Lower Debot. Amanda Kyle, biology senior, devised the project for Dr. Rebecca Franzen’s environmental issue investigation and action course in spring of 2015. She will receive the Wisconsin Association for Outdoor Education’s Student of the Year award in ... Read More »

Students Begin Fair Trade Campaign

A campaign lead by students is underway to designate the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as a fair trade campus. The Office of Sustainability and Students for Sustainability created a committee that will work toward passing an official student senate referendum vote and placing certified fair trade goods within campus retail locations to meet requirements for accreditation by Fair Trade USA, a ... Read More »

New Technology Implemented during CNR’s Field Techniques Program

Data collection and navigation apps for tablets and smart phones are now being used in natural resources classes at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The apps are used in forestry, soils and wildlife classes for recording information, sharing data and maneuvering in the field and were tested last winter and incorporated into the College of Natural Resources’ Field Techniques. Kevin Burns, ... Read More »

Point Area Provides Summer Recreation

Students and community members enjoyed local parks, trails and waterways this summer, savoring the long days and hot weather. Schmeeckle Reserve, local waterways and downtown parks are popular destinations for pedestrians, paddlers and hikers. Activities are steady even when the majority of students have left the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus. Buckolt and Pfiffner Pioneer parks are among the most popular ... Read More »

Trees, Shrubs, Fruit Planted in Honor of Earth Week

Volunteers and members of Students For Sustainability planted approximately 600 plants across the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus during its annual Earth Day event. The planting took place on April 24, and volunteers finished in about three hours. Tom Girolamo, owner of Eco-Building and Forestry company, provided the plants that the club payed for. The total cost of the event ... Read More »