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Terrells Island breakwall

An aerial view of the 3.8-mile-long Lake Butte des Morts Terrell’s Island breakwater, established and recently restored with a complete recreational trail by the Butte des Morts Conservation Club. Contributed photo.

You might say Kelly Reyer’s workplace is far from stuffy.

It’s only miles from her University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alma mater and is also tastefully decorated with cattails and water features, has a lovely breeze and, one day, will feature a dynamic education center.

Her office is, essentially, Lake Butte des Morts.

Reyer, who graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2012 with an environmental studies degree, launched into a job as the administrative coordinator for the Butte des Morts Conservation Club. The nonprofit organization, founded and driven by a committed corps of area volunteers preserving the wildlife and ecology of their namesake lake, recently opened a rehabbed “Terrell’s Island” breakwater recreational path.

Among her other responsibilities, Reyer has been helping the Conversation Club get the word out.

The 3.8-mile-long loop that skims into Lake Butte des Morts’ southern shore west of Oshkosh is already proving to be a popular escape for hikers, bicyclists and other nature enthusiasts. And, as Reyer explains in the following video, it will one day harbor a nature center where K-12 students and visitors can learn more about the Conservation Club’s efforts to help the lake’s wildlife and the heritage plant life thrive for generations to come…

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