Thank you to everyone who has been so generous this year in donating to the restoration of parks, conservancies, and trails in Middleton. Some of your donations came directly to the City of Middleton, others to Friends of Pheasant Branch or to Mike McDowell's GoFundMe site.

I am writing now to introduce or re-introduce the Middleton Area Public Lands Endowment (MAPLE), created two years ago by the City of Middleton, and which is now an independent fund held by the Madison Community Foundation. MAPLE is growing an endowment for the future of Middleton’s parks, conservancies, trails, and forests. As is true with other endowments, the principal from the fund will not be distributed, but the earnings will be available for improvements to public lands.

This year, MAPLE will do its first big end-of-year appeal for funds. You may begin to see emails from or direct mailings from MAPLE. The flood in August and continuing rains in September reminded us how important your donations to immediate restoration are and how important MAPLE is for growing a fund for the future. MAPLE will work to build a base of small and large donations into a fund that can help us continue to provide access for everyone to a wide variety of public lands.

If you have questions about MAPLE, please contact their committee of advisors through Their mission statement and the page for donations are at

Mike Davis, City Administrator

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