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Habitat Improvement: Table Bluff Segment at Swamplovers’ and Holmes Preserves

January 20 @ 9:00 am - January 21 @ 4:00 pm

Ice Age Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Habitat Management

What We’re Doing
Help maintain habitat diversity and ecosystem quality along the popular Table Bluff Segment. We will remove invasive brush and trees from the oak savannas and woodlands to prepare for future broadcast burning. Provided there is adequate snow cover, we’ll burn the brush piles, too. We’re focusing our efforts at the two Alliance-owned preserves along the segment: Swamplovers’ and Holmes.

Join us each day, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, through Saturday, January 21, and learn what it takes to maintain the lush prairies and savannas of these Preserves.

We need swampers (volunteers who create brush piles) and brush-cutters. NPS certified sawyers are welcome and encouraged to bring their own chainsaw and PPE.

To help us plan this event with your needs in mind, please register by Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

Limit: 50 volunteers.




All Talents and Abilities Welcome!
No experience is necessary and there’s a role for volunteers of all ages and abilities. Hands-on training provided by certified and friendly volunteer crew leaders gets you in the mix.

Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event.

The event runs Friday, January 20 through Saturday, January 21. Each day’s event hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lunch is provided each day.

Parking and Volunteer Check-In

Parking may be limited this time of year, so please consider ride-sharing. (Park at Scheele Road parking lot.)

There is no overnight camping or base camp for this project.

What to Bring
• Bring winter-appropriate footwear. If snowy/icy, consider snowshoes and ice cleats (Micro Spikes, Yak Traks, etc.) for secure footing.
• A plastic sled and/or backpack for hauling gear may prove helpful.
• Appropriate ‘near-fire’ clothing (no synthetics – leave that fancy coat at home).
• Clothing to dress in layers (for warmth and to keep dry).
• A daypack, sunscreen, and leather gloves.
• A water bottle(s) and a thermos filled with a warm beverage.
• NPS certified sawyers are welcome and encouraged to bring your own saw and PPE.

Looking Ahead:
February 3 – 4, Cross Plains Segment, Dane County
Burn brush piles previously created at Mammoth’s Back Preserve. Buckthorn removal will continue as we clear Mammoth’s Back and preserve its remnant hilltop prairie.

Interested in knowing what’s in store for the entire season? Our Season at a Glance is coming, soon!

Please contact Steve Pence, Land Restoration Specialist, by emailing: [email protected]

We hope to see you soon!

Happy Trails,

The Table Bluff Segment Project Team

Learn more about Alliance-sponsored 2023 Trailbuilding and Habitat Improvement Events.


January 20 @ 9:00 am
January 21 @ 4:00 pm
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Kevin Thusius, IATA staff
(608) 798-4453
kevin at iceagetrail dot org


Dane, Table Bluff, Scheele Rd.
Scheele Rd
Cross Plains, Wisconsin United States
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