Dane County Chapter – Brush Pile Burning
January 26 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
We will be cutting invasive brush and trees with hand tools, treating stumps and burning brush piles along a portion of the Verona Segment. This type of trail maintenance work helps native wildflower species thrive come spring and creates a beneficial habitat for wildlife including birds, bees, and butterflies. We have a variety of tasks to do to rescue the open grown white and bur oak trees in this savanna and make it easier to control garlic mustard and other herbaceous invasive weeds and shrubs. During a break, we will take a short break to see some dramatic changes coming in the next year or so to this portion of the trail.
If you are a certified sawyer (chainsaw) and own personal protective equipment (PPE), please bring both. If you’re not certified to operate a chainsaw, but own PPE, you may bring it so you can work in tandem with a certified sawyer.
I will provide herbicide and loppers. I will also provide some food/drinks to share for lunch, including brats to cook on the fire.
Please bring work gloves and wear layers of sleeves to protect against the brush. If you need work gloves or protective eye glasses, let me know. If you like the warmth of a fire, you should be wearing wool or cotton as an outer layer. Fleece and synthetics will melt as a spark hit them. A sweatshirt on top of these will provide good protection.
If you plan to stay all day, please bring drinking water and some lunch. We will finish early enough to get to the annual meeting and potluck.
Feel free to come if you can stay only part of the day. Please RSVP so I have enough tools with me.