Benedict Prairie: Brush Removal
Saturday, March 25th – 9:00am to Noon
The Benedict Prairie Unit of The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station consists of about six acres, 100 feet wide and one half mile long. It is on what was once a railroad right of way on the old Kenosha-Silver Lake-Beloit branch line of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad.
This is an iconic and rare mesic prairie that was actually inventoried in the 1950s by the famous professor John T. Curtis. Don’t miss your chance to work on this exceptional site.
We will continue work on this prairie by removing dense brush in the areas around and in the prairie.
Where to meet: I-94 to state hwy 50 (Kenosha/Lake Geneva exit) Hwy 50 west 1.5 miles to 144th Ave. South on 144th Ave 0.6 miles. Benedict Prairie is on the east side. There is a sign near the road.
If you have questions or need more information contact Alan Eppers at 847-691-6505 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dorothy Carnes Park: Brush Removal
Saturday, March 25th – 9:00am to Noon
Dorothy Carnes Park was started in 2000 through a generous private donation. This allowed Jefferson County and its partners to use state and federal grants to buy and protect a total OF 514 acres around Rose Lake. Through that process, 480 of those acres were designated as a State Natural Area due to the significance of Rose Lake to the area’s flora and fauna.
Today, the park provides year round recreation for hiking, birding, nature appreciation, picnic, dog walking, cross country skiing, camping, gardening, and more. The property has rolling topography, broad views of the landscape, and features restored prairies, woods, and wetlands.
We will be removing invasive brush—but this time we don’t need to pile cut brush due to its relatively scattered presence.
Where to meet: We will meet at Dorothy Carnes Park East. From I94 take Hwy 26 south to business 26 south ( First Jefferson exit). Proceed to Hwy 18 and turn west (right) cross the Rock River and turn left on County Hwy W and proceed to WI Hwy 89. Turn left (south) on Hwy 89 and turn right (west) on Kiesling Rd, proceed to Banker Rd turn left (south). Proceed to Jones Lane and turn left (west) and go to parking lot.
For questions or directions call Walter at 608-391-1921.
Genesee Oak Opening & Fen SNA
Saturday, March 18th – 9:00am to Noon
This is a lovely spot to work. It’s a classic oak opening amid rolling hills. familiar to most of you! This is an SNA site with limited parking. From the junction of County E and Hwy 59 in North Prairie, go North on 59 2.4 miles, then west on an access lane. Park at the small pull-off. Walk west 0.2 miles on the access lane into the state natural area.
You will need sturdy shoes or boots, gloves and a water bottle!
Yatzek’s Fen: Buckthorn Removal
Saturday, March 11th – Noon to 3:00pm
Join us for a work day from noon until 3pm on Yahtzek’s Fen, the property of Becky Fedak and Pete German. We will be cutting and treating glossy buckthorn, an invasive species that threatens the ecological health of the site. This beautiful property is located adjacent to the Genesee Oak Opening and Fen State Natural Area. It is one of the premier calcareous fen remnants in SE Wisconsin. Becky and Pete would like to host a bonfire with food and drinks after the event.
The property is located near the intersection of STH 59 and CTH ZZ in Genesee. The address is not identified by Google Maps so please use the following pin location for directions:
Enter via the private, gravel driveway off of CTH ZZ. It is a new driveway so is not shown on the map, but the pin shows the approximate location of the drive (look for the piles of soil!). Follow the driveway to the homestead.
Attendance is NOT required in order to burn with the chapter, but it is an opportunity to get familiar with the equipment: pumper units (engines, hoses, reels, nozzles), drip torches, backpack water cans, flappers, rakes, two-way radios. RSVP is not necessary, all are welcome.
Time: Saturday, March 4th (10:00am)
Location: At the shop – W3095 County FF