125 W Melvina St Ste 1, Milwaukee, WI 53212 | 414.272.0242

Welcome to Marek Landscaping, LLC

Marek Landscaping, LLC is a design-build company, founded in 1996, that combines the disciplines of restoration ecology and landscape architecture. Our inspiration comes from nature – the dynamic, diverse qualities of our native prairies, savannahs, forests, and wetlands in urban and rural environments.

Our projects involve native restorations, stream bank and bluff stabilizations, green infrastructure, stormwater management and erosion control best management practices, multi-use trails, parks and landscapes. Our work generally requires environmental documentation, wetland/waterway permitting, and strong stakeholder and public involvement.

Staff disciplines include land restoration ecology, soil science/hydrogeology, landscape architecture, plant ecology/botany, fisheries biology, and a number of construction crew members with backgrounds in landscaping, horticulture, carpentry, arboriculture, and farming.

We encourage our staff to continue their education and broaden their knowledge base. A sampling of continuing education includes; trail building, river and shoreline stabilization, wetland delineation, fish surveying, prescribed fire, stormwater and erosion control design, open-space development, design rendering, blacksmithing, and hazardous material management.

Staff also volunteer with groups, such as Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy, Milwaukee Urban Gardens, Urban Ecology Center, and community gardens to maintain a link with our neighboring communities.

Public outreach and education is an important component of our work. We enjoy engaging with a variety of groups, whether it be leading a tour of a recent project or facilitating a visit to a natural area of interest. Organizations, associations and schools have invited us to lead discussions on topics such as natural areas management and green infrastructure. We’ve gone into classrooms to teach about ecology, landscape architecture, soils, hydrology and more. We welcome opportunities such as these.

We are committed to the best design and construction practices that integrate science, ecology, and art. Our everyday experiences and inspirations are embodied in our work.


MEET OUR STAFF

Mike Marek

Anne Bohl

Nicole Schneider

Danielle DeCloux

Amber Shesler

Maddy Reick

Patrick Lazaro

Justin Propp

Mike Marek

President and Landscape Ecologist

In 1996, Mike founded Marek Landscaping, LLC with a commitment to provide sustainable design and installation services using low impact development techniques in Milwaukee and the surrounding area.

Writing specifications and design guidelines is where his 25 years of consulting and field work combine to add value in communication, know how, and prioritization. One of Mike’s earliest achievements in guideline and ordinance writing was way back in 1992 when he was responsible for changing the weed laws of the Village of Elm Grove where he was Forester. This new ordinance language allowed for natural landscaping and prairie plantings on public and private land. Elm Grove was one of the first in the country to adopt this ordinance language and it helped to develop a precedent and model for many to come. He has continued to be a force for positive change in how we design and manage natural areas, parks, shorelines, and green infrastructure, with a long list of innovative firsts. Mike has presented at local, regional and national conferences, including Wild Ones, State of Lake Michigan Conference, Southeastern Wisconsin Watershed Trust, Society for Ecological Restoration, and Partners for River Restoration and Science in the Upper Midwest (PRRSUM).

Outside of work, Mike enjoys freediving, surfing, paddling, skiing, hockey, hunting, fishing, inventing, tinkering, cooking, and camping. These activities are all the better with his two kids Otto and Ali.

Anne Bohl

Landscape Designer, Estimator, and Field Ecologist

Anne comes to Marek Landscaping with a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resource Management from Indiana University and is completing an associate degree at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Landscape Horticulture with a focus on Landscape Design. Her passion is designing beautiful and resilient landscapes that provide ecological benefits for wildlife, pollinators, and our shared waters. Plant healthcare, green infrastructure, and sustainable landscape construction are strong interests and areas she continues learning about to further strengthen her design work.

After college, Anne worked for land trusts and environmental consulting firms doing prescribed burns and environmental restoration, solidifying her love for working outdoors and with plants. Shortly after, she discovered a passion for small scale, sustainable agriculture and worked on several farms before landing in the Driftless region of northeast Iowa.  There, she ran a small farm business for six years, growing organic produce and raising pastured poultry for her community.

She is excited to be back in Milwaukee, her hometown, continuing her education in horticulture, sustainable landscaping, and restoration with a newfound passion for landscape design.  When she isn’t at work, Anne is most likely spending time with her dogs, kayaking, hiking, cooking, or trying new restaurants.

Nicole Schneider

Senior Landscape Designer

Nicole joined Marek Landscaping after previously working for Engineering and Landscape Architecture firms both in the Milwaukee area as well as abroad in Australia and Canada and brings her expertise in landscape design. Her experience includes working on a wide variety of projects such as parks, streetscapes, hospitals, and green infrastructure. She is passionate about creating landscape designs that are sensitive to existing natural plant communities but also accommodate for the forces of water and wind that alter the landscape.

Nicole has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. After interning on an urban farm years ago, she developed an interest in urban agriculture and conservation agriculture practices that provide local food and improve the soil. She believes that the combination of good design, appropriate land management practices, and a variety of edible plants will all help to create a sustainable environment that encourages ecological diversity.

Outside of work Nicole is active in her surrounding community and contributes her time to the Waukesha County Green team as well as helping at a local flower farm. She enjoys traveling, biking Milwaukee’s city streets, hiking in many of Wisconsin’s parks, rock climbing, yoga, and meditation.

Danielle DeCloux

Restoration Ecologist

Danielle began working for Marek Landscaping after deciding that the standard office job was not for her. She has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from UW-Oshkosh. Working as an ecologist has been a great opportunity for her to broaden her knowledge and continue her education while working in the field. Danielle has a personal interest in fungi and native wildflowers, as well as, tree identification and taxonomy. She enjoys seeing the total transformation of a property from start to finish. The process of removing all invasive plants and replacing them over the course of the season is her favorite part of her job. While she works with mostly plants, she still gets excited every time she gets to ID animal tracks or see wildlife in its natural habitat. Her dream is to someday be able to teach others about taking care of natural landscapes and the environment.

In addition to work, Danielle is a project leader for her local 4H Club. She spends most of her time outside hiking and swimming with her dog Ducky. She also enjoys going on small road trips for craft fairs and concerts when she can.

Amber Shesler

Project Coordinator and Office Ecologist

Amber joined Marek Landscaping as a project coordinator after spending many years in various roles in the cycling industry. She has recently earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental management, in addition to an associate degree in business administration. She has a special interest in conservation, wildlife ecology, and forestry, and regularly seeks out additional education opportunities on these subjects. As project coordinator, Amber enjoys supporting the variety of projects that Marek Landscaping takes on and learning as much as possible along the way.

Outside of work, she prefers to spend as much time outside as possible, and is obsessed with fishing, hiking, camping, and racing cyclocross. If she must be indoors, you’ll likely find her reading, baking, or crocheting, waiting for the sun to shine!

Maddy Reick

Field Ecologist and Plant Health Technician

Maddy has joined Marek’s team and plays a key role on the Stewardship team, focusing on invasive species management and native plant community restoration. Her expertise from previous work with plant identification and invasive species control, along with her constructive attitude, has a positive impact on her peers. She has earned her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology from UW- Madison and brings experience in prairie and savanna restoration, conservation of natural areas, and interactions between plants and pollinators. Spending time in local natural areas, discovering new species of plants, and spotting the many wildlife species that use the areas she cares for, are just some of the things she enjoys about her work. She finds it fulfilling to observe stewardship in action, use new equipment and push her personal boundaries.

When she is not at work helping to conquer the restoration of our native ecosystems, she enjoys fishing, hiking, picnicking, and exploring new places around Milwaukee. She also loves baking, cooking, and exploring new flavors and cultures, as well as wildlife photography, mostly of frogs in her backyard.

Patrick Lazaro

Field Ecologist

Patrick recently joined the Marek team and loves being part of the Stewardship crew, working with both native plant restoration and invasive plant removal. With a bachelor’s degree in Conservation/ Environmental Science and a minor in Geography this job is a perfect fit. He worked at the Milwaukee County Zoo throughout high school and after graduating college he became a field ecologist for the Milwaukee County parks. With his education, work experience, and his inherent interest, he makes for a great part of the Stewardship team. Patrick loves to work outside in nature and being able to always learn something new every day.

Outside of work he loves to go on road trips visiting national parks, hanging out with friends, and loves rock climbing both indoor and outdoors.

Justin Propp

Landscape Construction Crew Member

Prior to joining the Marek Landscaping team, Justin worked in tree service for four years. Earlier in life, he was a state champion in karate, and attended seminary school, where he studied to become a priest. After leaving seminary school, he went on to study videography at UW-Oshkosh. Justin has shot both videography and photography in a variety of settings, including weddings, events, and even movies and TV shows. Justin is also a musician and has played drums in multiple bands over the years. Outside of work, he enjoys playing music and good beer. His favorite thing about working at Marek is working outside and building creative landscapes.