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Village of Menomonee Falls

Village of Menomonee Falls

Habitat Creation, Protection, and Monitoring

A. Comply with Wisconsin's "Smart Growth" law for land use planning and resource management. This criterion is an option only for applications submitted before July 1, 2017.

The Village of Menomonee Falls has adopted a Comprehensive Land Use Plan that is in compliance with the Wisconsin “Smart Growth” law.

In addition, the Village passed an amendment to the plan in 2013 that incorporates a Conservation Development District (CDD). The intent of said district is to preserve natural resources and other areas of open land, while permitting residential development at low densities, in an open space setting, located and designed to reduce the perceived intensity of development and provide privacy for dwellings. Specifically, this plan aims to preserve important landscaping elements and natural features such as woodlands, stream corridors, floodplains, shorelands, natural areas, and critical species habitat by setting them aside from development in a way that will also preserve the Village’s character. With restrictions placed on development the objective is to minimize the disturbance of rural landscaping elements and provide aesthetic value while also allowing active and passive recreational use of and access to common open space. Retaining existing vegetation and minimizing development on steep slopes will reduce erosion and sedimentation and thus the retaining of the existing natural landscape is preferred to installing new plant material. One of the key objectives of this CDD is to create an attitude of stewardship for the land within common open space by requiring a land management plan for the common open space.

During 2015, the Village was in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan Update Document. It is in now in its final stages and will be going for approval in early 2016.  Approved March 16, 2016.

D. Document that current municipal planning seeks to provide additional bird habitat.

Menomonee Falls is in pursuit of purchasing a property that borders and includes a portion of the Tamarack Preserve located on Good Hope Road. The long-term plan is to add a trail wrapping completely around the preserve north of Good Hope Rd. The trail south of Good Hope will begin with the development of a subdivision on the east side of the Preserve and is planned to eventually surround the lower section of the Preserve.

E. Describe your community’s ordinance demonstrating that your community does not restrict natural/native landscaping that emphasizes native plants and non-turf lawns.

Village ordinances show that long weeds and grass more than 8 inches tall are required to be cut. As long as the long plants are wild or defined as natural lawns they do not fall into this category.

F. Show that your community offers the public information on how they can control and remove invasive species in order to improve or maintain bird habitat.

The Village offers several informational sheets on how to identify invasive plant and animal species in order to stop the spread of them.  The sheets are located in the Village Hall lobby.

T. Document that your community maintains a birding trail or hot spot location with educational signage and/or literature. (Note: A birding hotspot alone is not sufficient - your community must actively promote birding and public education at the site itself.)

Our informational kiosk located along the Tamarack Preserve identifies on a poster several birds that can be found in and around the wetland preserve. 

Community Forest Management

A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The Village of Menomonee Falls continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 2002 (also from 1987-1989). It has earned the Growth Award from 2011-2013.

B. Implement a municipal moratorium on the trimming of trees and shrubs and the mowing of ditches, storm water retention basins, and other grasslands from May 15 to July 15 to prevent the destruction of active bird nests. (Exceptions: Invasive species control and public safety)

The Village actively promotes the non-mowing of stormwater retention basins and encourages the plantings of prairie and wildflowers.  Mowing 1-2 times a year is enough to prevent weed growth.

Limiting or Removing Threats to Birds

A. Describe your community’s educational program to control free-roaming cats and/or the manner in which you actively publicize the Cats Indoors! initiative.

The Village’s website has a link to the American Bird Conservancy’s information on “Cats Indoors!”

B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).

The Village’s website has a link to the American Bird Conservancy’s information on window collisions.

Public Education

B. Provide web links or a community newsletter demonstrating that your community educates property owners on methods to create and enhance backyard habitat for birds.

The Wild Ones group meets at the Radisson Hotel in Menomonee Falls the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. The Wild Ones natural landscape group has a great website regarding backyard habitat programs and has a local chapter in Menomonee Falls. The general public is always welcome. Contact Lisa Oddis, Chapter President, .

H. Document a substantial regular program that educates young people on any of the following topics: climate change, energy efficiency, green/bird-safe buildings, or environmental sustainability.

Every year as part of the Village's Stormwater Expo, a representative from WE Energies talks to the High Schoolers about energy efficiency and safety.  WE Energies has a booth at the Expo.  This is the 10th year of the Expo.  WE Energies has been part of it for about eight of those years.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)

A. This community's municipal body passed the required World Migratory Bird Day resolution.

B. Document and describe your event that incorporates the annual IMBD theme in some fashion. If the event has not yet occurred, please share your detailed plans. For information on the current year’s theme and event materials, please visit the World Migratory Bird Day website. To see what other Bird City communities have done in the past, please view some other profiles on our website.

Menomonee Falls’ IMBD event is held at the same time at its Arbor Day celebration. Last year's celebration event was on April 26, 2019 in Village Park on Garfield Ave.  April 27, 2018 featured a presentation by Arlyn Johnson at Taylor Park on Appleton Ave. During Arlyn’s speech he talked about the Village’s efforts to maintain and grow our forestry actions, habitat preservation and efforts to protect and support migratory bird conservation. Tree seedlings are given out to the attendees during the ceremony to plant in their own yards.  A tree was also planted as part of the event and in conjunction with Arbor Day.  

Joined Bird City: 2012

Population: 35,626

Incorporated: 1892

Area: 33.3 mi2

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