FSPA's commitment to promote and protect the land
Mississippi Valley Conservancy
The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are sponsoring partners of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MCV), located in La Crosse, Wis., to assist with the protection of Coulee Region lands.
More specifically, FSPA Ecological Advocate Sister Lucy Slinger has worked with MVC personnel to develop a long range sustainability land management plan for the Franciscan Sisters’ 200-plus acres of bluff woods and crop land on St. Joseph’s Ridge.
Sister Lucy says, “By partnering with Mississippi Valley Conservancy, we can identify the breadth of biological and geological resources that exist on FSPA’s land. Such expert guidance in decision making and plan implementation ensures that we protect the treasures that exist on St. Joseph’s Ridge and all FSPA lands, including properties in Iowa, Northern Wisconsin and Washington where FSPA spirituality centers are located.
“The MVC – FSPA partnership is a witness to others,” says Sister Lucy, “of our charism of ‘Care for Creation.’”
View from Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wis.
Photo courtesy of Lucy Slinger, FSPA
FSPA Sponsored Ministries
Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center
This ecospirituality center is committed to offering facilities that use alternative energy sources, a sustainable treatment of the land, conservation of natural resources and other earth-friendly practices.
Prairiewoods was recently honored with LEED® Gold certification, marking the facility as the first in Iowa to practice green buiding sustainability.
FSPA also shares the vision of other ecological advocacy organizations.