Sauk County prides itself on its native natural beauty, the bluffs, hills, rivers, woodland and prairie remnants. Devil's Lake / day-Waukon-chunk, Spirit Lake, a jewel in our state’s park system, attracts 3 million visitors each year. Visitors and locals travel Highway 12 to Wisconsin's most popular state park passing by the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant. The accumulation of winter's trash and discards littering the highway is an embarrassing eye sore.

In 1970, when Wisconsin's Senator Gaylord Nelson founded the first Earth Day, he reminded us of our obligation to the world we inhabit. Decades have passed but is never too late to honor his vision and our precious landscape once again. When earth is "mother" and Gaylord "godfather", perhaps our role and responsibility is to be the "guardians" of beauty. We are not just the consumers of Wisconsin's natural landscape, we are also its caretakers. Earth Day is every day.

Meet us at Badger's front door, the main entrance on Highway 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Earth Day April 22. We'll pick up, clean up, and spruce up our little corner of Sauk County.

Gail Lamberty, Sauk City 

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