Posted by Samuel Azinger on Feb 25, 2019

Thank you to Tom Mlada and Josh Schlicht with Ozaukee Washington Land Trust for speaking to the club at Tuesday's meeting. Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to preserving and restoring natural areas and wildlife habitat in Ozaukee and Washington counties. The organization has protected more than 6,700 acres and has 33 nature preserves open to the public for nature-based recreation including hunting, hiking, bird-watching and more.

“Having worked very closely with OWLT on a number of difference-making community-based stewardship initiatives throughout my time as mayor, I have witnessed and experienced the very real impact of this extraordinary organization,” Mlada said. “I am humbled by the opportunity to join Executive Director Tom Stolp, his team, the board of directors, and all OWLT’s friends and stakeholders to continue to advance their preservation and protection efforts.”

Mlada was elected mayor of Port Washington in April 2012. In 2018, after serving two three-year terms, Mlada announced that he would not seek re-election to a third term in office.  While serving, Mlada treated the part-time mayor's position as a full-time job. Upon his election in 2012, he left his full-time job as development director at St. Monica Parish in Whitefish Bay to focus on his mayoral duties.

Remember that every time you visit a park or preservation, there are dedicated people who make it possible for us to enjoy such places. For a list of preserves to which we can be thankful to OWLT, visit their website.