Conservancy Lands & Trails

Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Public Input Session
Tuesday, September 10    7:00-8:30 pm
Kromrey Middle School Cafetorium

The City of Middleton has started the process of creating a master plan for the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor Restoration and Improvements. This planning process is designed on improving the creek corridor and making it more resilient to future flooding. An rfp solicited proposals for the work and a team headed by Cardno that includes KL Engineering and Jensen Ecology was selected. The work is being funded jointly by the Friends of Pheasant Branch and the City of Middleton.  On Tuesday, September 10th another public input opportunity for the Pheasant Branch Creek Corridor will be provided at 7:00 pm in the Kromrey Middle School Cafetorium.  The team working on the master plan will be discussing the various options being considered and soliciting feedback.  Please join us to share concerns and desired improvements for this important corridor!    In advance of the meeting, we are seeking input regarding the public’s preference for Streambank Stabilization and Bridge Design, please click on each link for both brief surveys. 

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Flood Recovery Efforts

Reimagining the Unimaginable - University of Wisconsin Student Project Study

Pheasant Branch 2018 Flood Damage Assessment and Five Year Plan - Cardno Study

Conservancy Lands Plan 2018-2023
The Conservancy Lands Plan 2018-2023 is a guiding document for City of Middleton's land stewardship activities on its conservancy lands.   Middleton’s conservancy lands system provides over 835 acres of open space and represents approximately 14 percent of land within the City. The conservancy system includes both conservancy lands and the trails within these lands.  Conservancy lands are public lands managed for natural vegetation, habitat, water quality and passive recreation.  Although conservancy lands vary in size, vegetative communities, landscape features, management priorities, and uses, most conservancies share some or all of the following characteristics: 


  • Unique plant communities, wildlife, and/or geology.
  • Ecological function, such as protecting water quality or preserving wildlife habitat.
  • Maintained as natural area and restored to native plant community.
  • Provides opportunities for passive recreation, education, and volunteering.

Read about Pheasant Branch Conservancy being named as 1 of 4 unforgettable biking locations in WI!

Take a stroll and visit over 15 trails and conservancies including Pheasant Branch, Graber Pond, Tiedeman Pond, Bock Forest and more. The Middleton Public Lands Division oversees all conservancy land and trails within the City of Middleton. The division is responsible for all planning maintenance and yearly improvements on the land within its jurisdiction.
The Pheasant Branch Conservancy is considered 1 of 100 Wisconsin Wetland Gems and 1 of 26 Wetland Workhorses. Please see the Wetland Gem Flyer for more information. Wetland Gem books are also available in the Public Lands Department at City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Ave.

Bock Community Forest

Bock Brochure

Newest Trails

Graber Pond Trail
South Fork Trail