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Dane County Chapter – Brush Pile Burning

January 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

We will be cutting invasive brush and trees with hand tools, treating stumps and making brush piles along a portion of the Cross Plains Reserve Wildlife Area, the new name for the area on Old Sauk Pass. 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 and prepare the area for prescribed fire.

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 to protect against the brush. Wear rugged footwear and a hat.

We will not be able to light burn piles unless there is a snow cover. 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.

Feel free to come if you can stay only part of the day. Please RSVP so I have enough tools with me.

If this is your first time to volunteer with the Ice Age Trail, e-mail me so I can send you the one-time National Park Service volunteer form.


January 4
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Ed Spoon
(608) 279-1939


Cross Plains, Ice Age Reserve Wildlife Area
Old Sauk Pass, south side
Town of Cross Plains, WI United States
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