By Paul Schmitt
A group of women from all around Wisconsin comes together every summer to beautify a tiny island off Door County. The Women in Preservation has started projects the past couple years to make Plum Island more inviting to visitors while enhancing the wildlife and environment around the uninhabited island that is part of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Mary Beth Volmer of Menominee Falls, who founded the group as an offshoot of the Friends for Plum & Pilot Island, says they have been working on two historic buildings on the island most recently.
The dock on Plum Island was restored last year to enable the public to access the island for the first time. Over the last few summers, volunteers from the Women in Preservation have made wood benches, bat boxes, a Green Bay Wildlife Refuge sign, and most recently planted 1700 pollinator plants for migratory birds. The plants were started by state prisoners at the Waupun Correctional Institute.