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.
Superior is in compliance with Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law for land use planning and resource management effective Jan. 18, 2011 when the Superior Common Council adopted the 2010-2030 Comprehensive Plan of the City of Superior.
C. Provide evidence (e.g., official designation of natural areas, easements, etc.) that existing bird habitat within community limits has legal protection. (Exclusions: Leash laws; prohibitions against disturbing nests and wildlife; areas consisting primarily of mowed grass)
The City of Superior has legally protected bird habitat by prohibiting residential, commercial or industrial development on two city-owned properties. The Superior Municipal Forest (4,428 acres) was protected on April 7, 1992. Wisconsin Point (229 acres) was protected on Dec. 4, 1996.
G. Document that there is a segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail or a designated Important Bird Area within or adjacent to your community.
Wisconsin Point has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the Wisconsin Important Bird Areas Program. In the spring and fall rare Sabine’s and Franklin Gulls can be seen at Wisconsin Point. Also, Pattison State Park is located 12 miles south of Superior and is listed in the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail Guide. This 1,476 acre area is mostly forested but also includes wetlands, a lake, rivers and Wisconsin’s highest waterfall.
Community Forest Management
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
The City of Superior continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1999.
C. Document an ongoing community program to incorporate a significant number of native trees, native shrubs, native herbaceous plants, and/or cultivars of native species in public or large-scale private landscaping.
City of Superior planted 323 trees in 2018 and 400 in 2017.
E. Show that your forester, a member of your tree board, or another person currently responsible for managing your community’s trees has completed the Wisconsin DNR’s Wisconsin Tree Management Institute.
Linda Cadotte, Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director completed the Institute in 2017-18.
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.
Beginning on Oct. 25, 2012, the City of Superior updated its website to include information about Bird City Wisconsin and links to websites with strategies to protect birds from window strikes and cats. The Parks Department also has brochures available to the public at their front desk.
B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).
Beginning on Oct. 25, 2012, the City of Superior updated its website to include information about Bird City Wisconsin and links to websites with strategies to protect birds from window strikes and cats.
C. Show that your municipality practices Integrated Pest Management, using natural pest control and the best available science to minimize pesticide and herbicide use.
Superior has an ordinance that requires pet owners to exercise proper control their animals (section 22-3), specifically prohibiting pet owners from allowing their animals to run at large on public or private property.
F. Demonstrate that your community understands the critical ecological role of pollinators by documenting your Bee City USA status or by describing another substantial effort to promote pollinator health (for ideas visit the Xerxes Society and the Pollinator Partnership).
B. Show that your community goes above and beyond in its support for, and implementation of, green transportation (e.g., bike trails, rideshare programs, bike trails/lanes, etc.). Be sure to utilize the narrative to illustrate why your community is exceptional because standard practice will not receive credit.
The City of Superior celebrated IMBD on Saturday, June 2, 2018, with the support of the Natural Resources Foundation. A hike through the Superior Municipal Forest was hosted to introduce participants to the conservation value of migratory bird stop over habitat along the shores of Western Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Estuary.
Joining us for the tour and offering migratory bird interpretive education and research were Steve LaValley, WDNR and Avian Ecologist, Kim Grveles, WDNR. Steve and Kim described the particular value of the habitats for migratory birds along Lake Superior and the St. Louis River as well as a presentation about helping our migratory birds in our backyards. Their presentation and a lunch were offered at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, on the waterfront of Lake Superior on Barker's Island, Superior, WI.