Dan Clausen and Jeanne Burns-Frank from MG&E, and Jason Behrends from Heartland
Ecological presented on the solar farms around Dane county, and how they are
establishing pollinator habitat within the solar farm. They specifically discussed the
O’Brian Solar Farm in Fitchburg as it is their largest at 145 acres. MG&E is looking to
partner with US Fish & Wildlife Service or UW Solar-Pollinator project to evaluate
success of pollinators. Currently, MG&E does not have an educational & outreach
component to native plantings and solar. Two signs will be going in near the O Brian solar
farm which is right off the bike path.
DANE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL PRESENTATION
F. Discussion Items
Grant program- Feedback for next year
Council members identified that it may have been difficult for applicants to identify
whether they were applying as capital or community. Probst will look into groups that had
to fix applications to see how to make the process more clear. The Council would like the
2022 Grant Program to be back on normal schedule for Spring of 2022. Probst will
discuss with Plant Dane and Friends Capital Improvement to see how to best coordinate
Communication of future Grant Program Announcements
Probst will start a newsletter sign up on the Environmental Council Website so
organizations can sign up to receive notifications of the grant program.
Pollinator Garden maintenance at Lake View Hill Park
Probst shared that the friends group who have agreed to maintain the pollinator garden at
Lake View Hill Park are not a group anymore. The pollinator garden needs maintenance.
Probst will reach out to Master Gardeners to see if this could be a volunteer opportunity
New council members
Eisner will reach out to Executive’s office on confirmation of new council member and
county board member.
Discussion during next meeting:
Role for Council on pollinator establishment under solar or helping develop
recommendations for pollinator mixes.
G. Future Meeting Items and Dates
Nov 10th –Discussion of program priorities
Dec 8th – Dane County Office of Energy & Climate Change
H. Such Other Business as Allowed by Law
A motion was made by EISNER, seconded by SRIDHARAN, that the be
adjourned. The motion carried unanimously 5-0.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Michelle Probst, pending council approval.