Dane – Prairie Moraine

This coming Tuesday March 2nd there will be a “special” workday at Prairie Moraine County Park in cooperation with Prairie Moraine Friends. We’ll plan to clear and burn the tops of a couple of large oaks that fell in storms several years ago in the Ravine section of the park.  Chain sawyers and “swampers” are […]

Dane – Prairie Moraine

Last week we cancelled due to the cold weather, and it won’t be much better this week, BUT you’ve had plenty of time to get used to it by now.  SO – we’re going ahead with this an arctic blast frigidly cold super fun brush pile burning workday this Saturday, February 13, at Prairie Moraine!! […]

Dane County Oak Savanna Restoration -Prairie Moraine

Over the past several years, in the absence of fire, the central ravine area of the woods at Prairie Moraine has gotten filled up with new brushy growth, fallen trees,  and other unwanted debris.  This Saturday we’ll begin our Fall and Winter campaign to cut and pile a lot of this and prepare it for […]

Dane County Chapter – Plant New Prairie at Prairie Moraine

This Thursday, January 2,2020, I’m planning to take advantage of the warmer weather and melting snow to seed in a large section of the western Moraine at Prairie Moraine County Park, and hope you’ll be able to join us.  Dane County Parks had a bountiful collection of seeds this year, and about 100 pounds of […]

Dane County – Snowshoe or Hike at Prairie Moraine, Verona

Enjoy a snowshoe hike at Prairie Moraine County Park southeast of Verona. We’ll snowshoe (if snow) or hike (if no snow) through prairies and woods where you can enjoy Dane County’s most visible section of the glacial terminal moraine. This hike will take about 2 hours. Families welcome! Take Hwy 18/151 southwest of Madison to […]

Dane County Chapter Full Moon Hike ~ Prairie Moraine

Prairie Moraine county park contains several open-grown oaks that are now another year older.  Enjoy this gem of the Ice Age Trail that has been rescued from choking underbrush of honeysuckle, buckthorn and multiflora rose. No facilities on site.  Meet at the first lot immediately off of Wesner Road and Hwy PB.  Red headlamps preserve night vision, […]

Dane County Chapter Snowshoe/Hike ~ Prairie Moraine

  Prairie Moraine county park contains several open-grown oaks that are now another year older.  Enjoy this gem of the Ice Age Trail that has been rescued from choking underbrush of honeysuckle, buckthorn and multiflora rose. No facilities on site.  Meet at the first lot immediately off of Wesner Road and Hwy PB.  Dogs must be […]

Dane Savanna Clearing/Restoration, Prairie Moraine CP

We’ll continue our ongoing effort to clear invasive brush and weed trees from the eastern portion of the on-leash area that will host a future extension of the Ice Age Trail.  Chain sawyers with proper PPE and training are welcome.  We may have work for power brush cutter operators as well; contact leader to learn for […]

Dane Savanna Clearing/Restoration, Prairie Moraine CP

We’ll continue our ongoing effort to clear invasive brush and weed trees from the eastern portion of the on-leash area that will host a future extension of the Ice Age Trail.  Chain sawyers with proper PPE and training are welcome.  We may have work for power brush cutter operators as well; contact leader to learn for […]

Dane County Brush Clearing, Prairie Moraine CP

We will cut sumac and invasive shrubs, mostly using power brush cutters,   But we also can use those willing to use hand tools, and we need folks to follow up and spray herbicide on  the cut stumps of honeysuckle, autumn olive and buckthorn.  Many of the culprits are within the drip line of the scattered open-grown bur oaks that […]

Dane County Moonrise Hike, Prairie Moraine CP

The moon is two days away from full, so we should see plenty of it on this evening hike across and around the terminal moraine of the last glacier.  We’ll likely explore some of the side trails, too.  Lots of brush clearing, restoration and management work has been undertaken for years here by chapter volunteers and, more […]

Dane Prairie Weeding, Bush Clearing, Prairie Moraine CP

We will use power brush cutters and hand tools to clear both woody and early herbaceous invasives from the savanna and prairie.  It’s possible we’ll also do some follow up attack on brush resprouts in some areas we burned earlier this spring.  We’ll also apply herbicide to cut woody stems. Meet at the old lot […]

Dane Garlic Mustard Control, Prairie Moraine CP

Because of our cold April, even the garlic mustard is behind schedule, along with everything else.  But we’re sure to find it here. Mostly we will be applying herbicide with backpack sprayers, but we can find work for hand pullers, too.  To ensure we have sufficient spray and sprayers and that we can notify you in case […]

Dane Oak Woods/Savanna Restoration, Prairie Moraine CP

We’ll clear invasive bush and weed trees from the “back 40” of the park along or behind the terminal moraine.  We’ll need trained and properly equipped chain sawyers, plus swampers to haul and pile the cuttings.  We’ll burn slash piles if there is snow cover and cook lunch over the coals.  Wear old clothing made […]

Dane Oak Woods/Savanna Clearing, Prairie Moraine CP

We’ll clear invasive bush and weed trees from the “back 40” of the park along or behind the terminal moraine.  We’ll need trained and properly equipped chain sawyers, plus swampers to haul and pile the cuttings.  We’ll burn slash piles if there is snow cover and cook lunch over the coals.  Wear old clothing made […]

Dane Snowshoe/Hike, Prairie Moraine CP, Verona

Starting at the old parking lot (nearest Hwy PB), the Ice Age Trail loops over and behind the Johnstown terminal moraine, the predominant glacial feature of this park.  Firebreaks and park trails also permit loops near the wooded crest of the moraine in the eastern part of the park.  If there’s not enough snow to warrant snowshoes, simply […]

Dane Sumac, Brush Clearing, Prairie Moraine CP

For the past several years, we have used mowers and brush cutters to reduce the sumac encroaching into prairie and savanna along the moraine.  This is this year’s main outing devoted to that effort.  Bring a brush cutter if you have one with proper protective equipment.  It’s likely we’ll also cut autumn olive, honeysuckle and buckthorn growing […]

Dane Prairie Weeding, Prairie Moraine CP

Our restored prairies and savannas require much attention, especially in their early years, to rid them of wild parsnip, yellow and white sweet clover, burdock, mullein, curly dock, Japanese hedge parsley and other invading exotics.  There may be some infestations suitable for power brushcutters as well as hand work.  Depending on need, we may direct some of our efforts […]

Dane Sumac, Aspen Clearing, Prairie Moraine CP

We will mow sumac with power brush cutters; operators with foot, ear and eye protection welcome.  Probably we will also cut honeysuckle, autumn olive and other brushy invasives, and herbicide the stumps.  This may be especially effective within the area we burned this spring.  In short, we’ll be able to find productive work for anyone who comes […]

Dane Full Moon Snowshoe/Hike, Prairie Moraine CP

We’ll explore the trails across and along the terminal moraine, and through beautifully restored oak savanna and prairie and partly restored oak woodland.  Bring your headlamp!  Meet at the old lot (closest to Hwy PB), which is now a trailhead lot without access to the off-leash area.  We’ll return there at evenings end.

Dane Oak Woods Restoration, Prairie Moraine CP

We will continue ongoing restoration efforts by clearing invasive or unwanted brush and trees and building slash piles.  In addition to hand tool work, properly equipped and trained chain sawyers will be put to work.  If there is snow cover or wet weather, we’ll burn some brush piles and enjoy a cookout for lunch!  Contact leader for details.  Meet […]