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Reconnect Stewardship Event: Brownrigg-Heier Preserve Reforestation

April 30 @ 9:00 am - May 2 @ 3:00 pm

Ice Age Trail Alliance, ice Age National Scenic Trail, Reconnect, Land Stewardship, Brownrigg-Heier, tree planting


This year, just a few weeks after Earth Day and Arbor Day, the Ice Age Trail Alliance will be planting 5,500 new trees on the Alliance’s Brownrigg-Heier Preserve, the home of future Ice Age Trail.

Local volunteers from the Lakeshore Chapter have been working with Alliance staff to plan three volunteer works days, April 30 – May 2, 2021. Volunteers will come together and hand-plant up to 5,500 White Oak, Bur Oak, Black Cherry, and Sugar Maple trees. These trees will replace 8-acres of recently harvested Pine plantation, converting the area to a more natural and sustainable forest, with species estimated to have increased adaptive capacity to changing climate.

See a map of the project area [PDF]

Project Description:

During the event, crews will use hand tools, called planting bars, to create slits in this rocky terrain while other crew members follow behind to plant very young saplings.  Other volunteers will work to build and install tree cages out of wire to protect some of the trees from being browsed by deer.

These newly planted trees will enhance habitat for wildlife as well as beauty for trail users. Future trail will course through the glacial landscape from the Brownrigg-Heier Preserve to the 160-acre Walla Hi County Park, known for its diversity of environments small springs and clear flowing streams.


Work begins at 9 A.M. on Friday, April 30th and will continue until 3 P.M. on May 2nd. Due to Covid-19 complications, there will be no camping or lunch provided for this project. More information on meeting and parking locations will be supplied via email.

What to Bring:

Bring your mask, work gloves, sturdy boots, warm clothing and whatever water and food you want for the day.

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


Register Here

Volunteers in Parks and COVID-19 Safety Information:

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.

  • 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]


April 30 @ 9:00 am
May 2 @ 3:00 pm
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Eva Ballering, IATA Staff


LAKE, Brownrigg-Heier Preserve
18895 Rockville Rd.
Kiel, WI 53042 United States
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