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Dane County Brush Clearing, Central Montrose Segment
March 23 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Due to wet conditions, this project is being moved to the Badger State Trail side of the section. Park on Hwy A (the western branch) shoulders near the bike path. Part of the trail is currently underwater where we will be working, and it will be even worse on the eastern side.
For the past three years, we have been working to eliminate garlic mustard from the Piller Road woods. On the east side, many wildflowers have been popping up for the past two years, but the west side hasn’t been so easy to heal. Hopefully bringing fire and some order will assist in restoring this side of the woods. We will cut and pile buckthorn and other invasive brush and treat the stumps with herbicide on this work day. A new problem is encroaching maples.
Park off pavement, at least two tires as conditions allow, along Piller Rd near the spot where the Ice Age Trail leaves this quiet country lane and heads west towards the woods (map/directions). Ideal parking is just
north of the farm lane where the trail exits the road. Please inform leader in advance if you can bring herbicide and spray bottles for stump treatment. Some of the work will be done with hand tools, and there also will be work for trained chain sawyers with proper PPE.
If we have snow cover for burning brush piles, wear old clothing made of natural fibers. Bring something to cook for lunch!