Following numerous "bull" sessions, much dreaming and considerable plotting, The South West Wisconsin Prairie Enthusiasts (SWWPE) had its first formal meeting in 1981. The "Gang of Seven" ringleader Gary Eldred, with Gary and Gail Adams, Walter and Alice Mirk, George III and Susan Brown met around Walter and Alice's round oak table and decided to become a real "conservation" organization. They were a slightly angry, out of the mainstream, bunch of amateurs intent on preserving natural communities with Edward Abbey and the Monkey Wrench Gang as their heroes. They began to attract kindred souls and the organization began growing rapidly.
One of the prairie discoveries led to meeting David and Helen Macgregor. David did the legal work back in July 1987 so we could become a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The acquisition of prairies began. SWWPE expanded rapidly attracting other groups under our umbrella. After reorganization and consolidation we exist today as the South West Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts. Our chapter is still the same "Hillbillies from the Hills", not quite experts but we're still learning. We have fun, learn some and enjoy a lot of small but fabulous prairie/savannas in our surroundings, some of which we are able to preserve. Join us. We need your energy, your time, and your money. We accept knowledge too.
Chair, Jack Kussmaul
Secretary, Rose Sime
Treasurer, Jaye Maxfield