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Dane County Chapter – Savanna Clearing, Montrose North

November 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Trail Improvement Days,

We’re looking forward to this opportunity to #OptOutside with you in the days following Thanksgiving!

We’ll be cutting invasive brush and trees with hand tools, treating stumps and making brush piles along a portion of the Montrose 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.

However, this summer’s wet woods conditions caused many trees to take a beating along the northern portion of the Montrose Segment. We will continue to work on cleaning up more of the dead trees if sawyers are able to come. 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.

Please bring work gloves and wear long sleeves to protect against the brush. If you need work gloves or protective eye glasses, let me know. I will provide herbicide (2 bottles) and loppers.

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.

Try to park about halfway between the farm-lane trail entrance and the only house on the road. If we have a crowd, we will park cars at the Frenchtown Road parking lot, about a mile south of the work site. Warning: You can easily get stuck using the two farm lanes for turning around in or parking.

The ditch we’ll be crossing has 5 inches of standing water, and we’ll walk through about an inch of water to reach the woods. The woods’ internal drainage ditch has about 3 inches of standing water. Plan your footwear accordingly.

If you plan to stay all day, please bring a beverage and some lunch.  I will provide some food to share for lunch.

Please RSVP if you can help. Thanks in advance for your help.


November 30, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Dane, Montrose, Piller Rd
876 Piller Road WI + Google Map