On June 12, Mary Faydash stood on her deck overlooking Lake Michigan with a microphone in her hand. The occasion was a rally for Sheboygan County’s Friends of the Black River Forest, the grassroots environmental group that she helped found. If it weren’t for FBRF, Herb Kohler Jr.’s vanity project, a golf course parked on... Continue Reading →
In another legal setback for Kohler Company's proposed fifth golf course in Sheboygan County, Judge Edward Stengel ruled last Friday that the wetland fill permit granted to the company in 2018 by the Wisconsin DNR cannot be reinstated. The permit was granted under then-secretary Cathy Stepp, a Scott Walker appointee. Judge Stengel’s ruling upholds a... Continue Reading →
Kohler’s Plan Takes Land from State Park to Devastate Lakeshore Environment
On December 15, the City of Sheboygan Plan Commission met to decide whether to grant Kohler Co. a conditional use permit (CUP) to develop a rare wetland and old growth beech forest into a luxury golf course
Updates on Franklin Strauss Brands project, Lakeside Park, and Kohler-Andrae.
It is comforting to assume that municipal governments, being the most “local,” are the most keenly responsive to the will of their constituents.
PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has handed Friends of the Black River Forest a victory in the group’s challenge to a 2017 decision by the Department of Natural Resources to give land in Kohler-Andrae State Park to Kohler Co. to develop a golf course. In exchange, the DNR would... Continue Reading →
Rebecca Dallet’s statewide victory in the 2018 Wisconsin Supreme Court race was seen as a triumph for liberals. Dallet beat Michael Screnock to win a seat on the State’s highest court, but she ran against Donald Trump. Her campaign featured Trump in TV commercials that asserted “our values are under attack.” But campaigns are one... Continue Reading →
If you would like to write a letter to the DNR to save Kohler-Andrae State Park or to Kohler Company urging them to drop their plans for yet another luxury golf course for elite users only, below are some talking points you can use, and below that is an email address and a couple of... Continue Reading →
Taking their orders from the Captain Ahabs of industry and organized labor, key Wisconsin Democrats meekly surrendered on the Felony Trespass Bill, making environmental protest illegal. In the meantime, the State's environment is sinking faster than the Pequod. What if the protectionism being granted to big oil had been applied to whaling, an industry once... Continue Reading →
MADISON, October 14, 2019 – At an awards ceremony held in Milwaukee last Saturday, Sierra Club-John Muir Chapter announced that it is forming a coalition with Friends of the Black River Forest in opposition to Kohler Company’s proposed golf course development north of Kohler-Andrae State Park. Friends of the Black River Forest president Mary Faydash,... Continue Reading →
Naturalist Jim Buchholz is worried about the wildlife in and around Kohler-Andrae State Park. Before retiring in 2013, Buchholz had served as park superintendent of Kohler-Andrae for twenty-five years, and he knows the area well. On May 11, 2019, as part of Sierra Club's Wisconsin Loves Parks day, Buchholz took Sierra Clubbers from Great Waters... Continue Reading →