The Friends of Pheasant Branch organized as a non-for-profit organization in 1995 and received 501(c)(3) tax exemption status from the Internal Revenue Service two years later. Our motivation for organizing was to prevent construction of two proposed sewers through the Pheasant Branch Conservancy. After we lost one sewer battle and prevented construction of the other, we turned our attention to more enjoyable and productive activities, like restoring habitat in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy and educating the public about its resources. With the exception of a few contract workers, we are an all-volunteer organization.
In 1997 we began removing invasive species from the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, parts of which are owned by Dane County, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the City of Middleton. Two Middleton High School ecology teachers and their students have been especially helpful over the years.
In 2010, 1,144 restoration volunteers logged 4,223 hours during the year! Download our brochure (PDF) for ways to get involved!