Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It was a beautiful afternoon for sunbathing yesterday in Turtleworld

Early Spring in Turtleworld
Also known as Ho Nee Um Pond, a part of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum just off Arbor Drive and Monroe Street west of Wingra Park. It's a great place for birding and, if you're a turtle, sunning on an old log of an April afternoon.

The pond is connected to Lake Wingra, but is not part of it. It's an artificial pond, dredged in 1940.
This area was designed by landscape architect G. William Longenecker to be a park like place consisting of a series of oak opening plant groupings, lawn areas and paths through an area of numerous small streams. This area also contains a large pond that was designed to provide sanctuary and forage for waterfowl. It was dredged in 1940 using Wisconsin Emergency Relief Administration equipment and personnel and landscaped by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Today the Arboretum is an established part of Madison, one of the city's great attractions, but it really hasn't been around all that long. In some ways, the Great Depression helped make it possible. Low land values made it possible to purchase the fallow farmland on which it was created, and the Civilian Conservation Corps provided much of the labor to start reclaiming it. You can't help but wonder whether any of today's economic stimulus measures will have impacts as far-reaching and beneficial.

1 comment:

Rich said...

You can't help but wonder whether any of today's economic stimulus measures will have impacts as far-reaching and beneficial.

I don't think so! Another question is: would people be willing to work in a group like that of the conservation corp?