Joe Nehmer, Jefferson County Parks Director; Steve Grabow, UW-Extension Jefferson County Community Educator; and John Pohlman, WDNR have been instrumental in having the vision for the Glacial Heritage Area Plan and gathering many diverse partners as technical advisors and the implementation team. The project involves Smart Growth by protecting natural areas and farmland, creating alternative transportation choices, involving a wide range of diverse stakeholders, and linking conservation and recreation to economic growth.
The GHA Plan was approved by the Natural Resources Board and the Jefferson County Board. A new state park has been purchased, the Glacial River Trail runs the length of Jefferson County, water trails and been identified and put-in and take-out points are marked. The GHA covers most of Jefferson County and the adjacent townships in Dodge, Dane, and Rock Counties. It is a result of the DNR’s Land Legacy Report on protection for important conservation area in the most populated portion of the state. The plan seeks to provide more opportunities for outdoor recreation for healthy living and economic growth as well as environmental benefits.