Noels donates land above Moses Creek to Friends of Schmeeckle

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Longtime community supporters John and Patty Noel donated a 33-acre public conservation area to the Friends of Schmeeckle reserve. Moses Creek Meadows is located near Yulga Park in the town of Hull, upstream from Moses Creek.

“We deeply appreciate the Noel family for their incredible gift to the community. This beautiful country can now be enjoyed by everyone, ”said Jerry Lineberger, Chairman of the Board of the Friends of Schmeeckle.

Moses Creek Meadows protects a pristine wet sedge prairie, home to sandhill cranes and northern harriers. Small islands of larch and pine are home to rare plants such as creeping strawberry, wintergreen and partridge. Moses Creek flows south through oak and pine forests and a series of sedge meadows before plunging under Interstate-39 and entering the restored wetlands of the 280-acre Schmeeckle Preserve. from the University of Wisconsin -Stevens Point.

This map of the Moses Creek Meadows site shows the planned scenic route of the Green Circle Trail, as well as the proposed boardwalk and observation deck to be constructed by the Friends of Schmeeckle reserve. Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The property is near a mobile home park where the Noels first lived when they were married at the age of 19, John Noel noted, and it remains special.

The couple founded Travel Guard, the Noel Group and Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, employing hundreds of people and improving the lives of thousands through humanitarian and philanthropic efforts. They helped create the Portage County chapter of the Boys and Girls Club and the Noel Compass Scholar program at UW-Stevens Point and supported many community efforts.

“This community was incredibly kind to us and our family, and because of that we were able to have a business that thrived. We had dedicated and loyal employees who were educated in the schools here. We owe everything to Stevens Point and Portage County, ”said Patty Noel at a recent Christmas gift dedication ceremony attended by Friends of Schmeeckle and Green Circle board members. Trail.

Almost a half-mile section of the Green Circle Trail will be rerouted through the property this fall. The Friends group plans to build a quarter-mile walking trail spur with a boardwalk and viewing platform overlooking the sedge meadow.

Friends of volunteers began to clear paths for the new trails on the property. The group is seeking donations for the development of the trail, which will support the purchase of equipment for the hiking trail, the boardwalk and the observation deck. To learn more, visit FriendsOfSchmeeckle.org.

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