Fundraiser Launches for Devil’s Punchbowl
fundraising effort seeks to replace lower stairway, making geologic wonder safer for visitors
The Landmark Conservancy, owners of the Devil’s Punchbowl in Menomonie, recently launched a campaign to raise money for a replacement stairway in the park. According to Sara Norman, the Landmark Conservancy’s community outreach coordinator, the stairs were constructed in 2000, and the Conservancy set a goal of $75,000 to rebuild them. The remaining funds will be used to build an endowment with the Community Foundation of Dunn County for long-term management of the property. Along with donations from the community at large, the Conservancy has been guaranteed matching funds of up to $35,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Knowles-Nelson Stewardship and from the Community Foundation of Dunn County. In order to gain access to the matching funds, however, Landmark Conservancy must first raise $35,000. As of March 8, 29% of the funds have been raised, totaling over $21,000. “We are hoping the lower stairway will get built this summer or fall, depending on if we meet our goal. As a nonprofit, we rely on community support!” Norman said.
To learn more, visit www.landmarkwi.org.