Vernon County couple's sanctuary protected by Mississippi Valley Conservancy

Angie Cina
Westby Times

Sherry and Bob Piros' 58 acres of scenic woods and wetlands along the North Fork Bad Axe River in Vernon County is the latest acreage to be protected by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

“It’s like having your own little piece of a park, our own little sanctuary. We can hear the owls at night and the beat of horse’s hooves on the road. We see deer, turkey and roughed grouse.” This is how Sherry Piros described the 58 acres of scenic woods and wetlands along the North Fork Bad Axe River owned by her and her husband Bob.

Located in Vernon County near the community of Esofea, the property consists of 1,700 feet of frontage on the North Fork Bad Axe River, and is home to the state threatened Cherrystone Drop snail and Butternut trees, a species of Special Concern in Wisconsin.

The Piros have wonderful memories of finding morel mushrooms in the spring, enjoying the spring flowers, and viewing the vibrant colors of fall while overlooking the river from the rock outcropping on their 200-foot bluff. These are memories of the past, and there are many more memories yet to be made, now that the Piros’ have protected this land forever with a conservation agreement with Mississippi Valley Conservancy. An agreement that means no houses will be built on their bluff, no disturbance will be made to the river, and no land will be torn up for mining or development of any kind -- ever