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CANCELLED – Mammoth’s Back Preserve Restoration

November 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



This November, we will be working on an exciting new ecological restoration project in Dane County. The Mammoth’s Back Preserve was doubled in size in 2020, giving us plenty of work to do! Originally mostly wetland, the preserve now showcases a two-humped hill affectionally called Mammoth’s Back. While you might have to stretch your imagination to see the shape of the mammoth in the geology, the biological beauty takes little effort to see.

See a map of the project area [PDF]

Project Description:

The hill (Mammoth’s Back) is one of many in the area which is too steep to be plowed for agriculture. While trees and brush have overtaken the steep slopes, many native prairie species are still surviving at the ground level. The first stage of restoration on this remnant prairie is to remove invasive brush to allow these native prairie species to receive sunlight again.

We will be cutting and piling invasive brush and trees on the slopes of Mammoth’s Back. Expert sawyers will fell trees and shrubs and swampers (a fancy word for the people who help the sawyers) will work to create brush piles that can be burned once winter arrives.


Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event, or the entire project. Work begins at 9 A.M. on Sunday, November 22nd and will continue until 4 P.M. Due to Covid-19 complications, there will be no camping or lunch provided for this project.

What to Bring:

Bring your mask, work gloves, sturdy boots, eye and ear protection, warm clothing and whatever water and food you want for the day.  Certified sawyers are welcome and encouraged to bring your own saw and PPE.

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event.  Woolly mammoths are welcome.

Note: Gun deer hunting season opens on November 21st.  The property will be open for public hunting although, given the site conditions, we do not expect hunting to be an issue for this work day.  Please consider bringing blaze orange to wear.


Looking for an outdoor and socially distanced activity with your friends or family? Invite your friends, bring your mom, or load up the family and come out to play! We come out to work hard but also to have fun.

No experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome, provided youth attend with an adult chaperone. If you are new to volunteering with the Ice Age Trail Alliance, please submit the volunteer agreement before the event, see below for more details.

Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:

  • We’re excited to have you join us, however, please know the symptoms of the coronavirus and be prepared to STAY HOME if you exhibit any of them. Please visit the CDC website and view the symptoms listed there. Consider using the Self-Checker, an interactive guide, located mid-way down the page, which can help you make your decisionGo there now.
  • Please complete this COVID-19 OF-301A Fillable Form.
  • The National Park Service (NPS) requires every volunteer to complete a COVID-19 OF-301A Volunteer Service Agreement, whether you are a new IATA volunteer or a returning volunteer who has not yet filled out the post-March 24, 2020 version of this form.
  • Please email the completed form to Dan Watson, NPS Volunteer Coordinator, ([email protected]).
  • Dan will reply to you with a signed copy of the form.

Please read through these documents as they provide additional safety guidelines:

  1. A Cover Letter from Eric Gabriel, Superintendent[PDF]
  2. IATR-VIP Risk Assessment Tool[PDF]
  3. Covid19Job Hazard Analysis (JHA)[PDF]


November 22, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Eva Ballering, IATA Staff


Dane, Cross Plains, Mammoth’s Back
Stagecoach Road
Cross Plains, WI United States
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