Habitat Management Event: Table Bluff Segment, Dane County
January 20 @ 8:30 am - January 22 @ 4:00 pm
What We’re Doing
Help maintain habitat diversity and ecosystem quality along the popular Table Bluff Segment. Provided there is adequate snow cover, we’ll build and burn brush piles; remove invasive brush and trees from oak savannas and woodlands to prepare for future broadcast burning.
Join us each day, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and learn what it takes to maintain the lush prairies and savannas of the SwampLovers’ Preserve. EVENT MAP [download PDF]
We need swampers (volunteers who create brush piles), brush-cutters. 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 18, 2022. 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 Thursday, January 20 through Saturday, January 22. Each day’s event hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lunch is provided each day (grilled brats and buns).
Parking, Volunteer Check-In, and Base Camp
On Thursday and Friday, parking is located off CTH KP and Scheele Road. Please follow the yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs to the south parking area below the bluff, and watch for our friendly parking attendants to guide you along the way. On Saturday, volunteers should park and report to the parking lot on Table Bluff Road (see map).
Parking may be limited this time of year, so please consider ride-sharing.
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.
• Certified sawyers are welcome and encouraged to bring your own saw and PPE.
February 4 – 6, 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? Download the Season at a Glance (PDF).
Please contact Brad Crary (262-370-2995) or the IATA office (800-227-0046).
We hope to see you soon!
The Table Bluff Segment Project Team
Learn more about Alliance-sponsored 2022 Trailbuilding and Habitat Management Events.