Dane County Chapter Hike – Springfield Hill Segment

Photo Credit: Brent Sieling

The Hike

Springfield Hill Segment is currently a small loop trail that can be hiked in either direction. Enjoy the extensive restoration work done if you start your hike to left, with overgrown honeysuckle, buckthorn, and walnut trees have been removed to restore native prairie. The trail ascend to the crest of a hill with a south-facing slope offering dramatic views to the south and west. Summer wildflowers include monarda, spiderwart, and coreopsuis. After descending off the ridge, the segment continues through woods before entering an oak savanna, and then crosses a wooden boardwalk before passing the remains of Frederic Hahn’s log outbuilding dating to the late 19th century.  The segment continues along a goat-prairie hillside and passes an old cattle road underpass before returning to the parking lot.

Event Details

Springfield Hill is Dane County Park location hosting a 1.6 mile loop segment of the Ice Age Trail being restored to oak savanna. Mostly full moon will rise just after 7, so should have a nice view during the hike.

Dogs on leash can join. No facilities onsite.

Location

The parking lot entrance is on Ballweg Road, about 1000 ft north of of the intersection with Hightway 12.

Dane County Chapter Hike – Cross Plains Glacial Valley Conservancy / Mammoth’s Back

Photo Credit: Kevin Thusius

The Hike

The trail crosses Bourbon Road near the Cross Plains fire station and heads south between buildings into the John I. Hillenbrand Glacial Valley Conservancy. The trail climbs sharply and meanders southward along the top of a wooded ridge, overlapping and crossing part of the Conservancy Trail. After passing behind a dairy farm, the segment exits the forest and begins its decent, down a steep hill to CTH-P. Crossing CTH-P, the trail continues on new trail opened in August  2021 east on an easement through a farm and then south to Mammoth’s Back, where it travels on the east side to a parking lot on Stagecoach Road. There is a white-blazed loop trail around Mammoth’s Back.

Event Details

About 4 mile hike on the southern portion of the Cross Plains Segment. Trail has a couple steeper slopes. On top of bluff are some nice woods and remnant prairies. Then we’ll descend the bluff, cross Hwy P and take the trail opened in August 2021 out to the Mammoth’s Back. On the return, we’ll have a couple options to not return exactly the same way to mix things up a bit. Dogs on leash allowed. No Facilities.

Location

Hikers will meet on Bourbon Road in Cross Plains near the fire station.

Trailbuilding: Madison Segment, Dane County

Can you help us improve the trail on the Madison segment?  This popular segment needs our help to improve drainage, repair the tread and make a small re-route.  If you’re available, please reply to me as soon as possible.  Here are the details:
When: Wednesday, June 15.  9:00 AM–3:00 PM
Where: Parking is at the Dane county chapter storage shed, adjacent to the intersection of McKee Rd. (PD) & S. High Point Rd.  See the attached map.  The work area is conveniently located a short distance to the north, across a pedestrian bridge.
What to bring, how to dress:  Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch.  Wear socks with closed-toe shoes and long pants.  A sun hat is a good idea.  Bring work gloves, preferably leather. Hand tools will be provided.
Thank you.  If you have any questions, please get in touch.  I hope to see you next Wednesday!

Dane County Chapter Hike – Cross Plains Ice Age Interpretive Site

Photo Credit: Kevin Thusius

The Hike

Come out for a short evening stroll on Dane County Parks and National Park Service properties. From the parking lot, part of a 0.4-mile while-blazed loop trail leads to the former Wilkie family home that now serves as the Ice Age Trail National Park Service office.  The trail then passes the former garage and large red barn of the homestead and enters a prairie with wide mowed paths. At a high point are scenic long views to the east, north and west. The segment soon enters a woods and meanders gradually downhill through the forest. The segment passes a rock outcropping where hikers may also notice a sandstone rock outcropping in the distance to the east. From here the segment skirts a farm field, passes the sandstone rock outcropping and winds its way uphill to its terminus on Timber Lane. Mostly full moon should rise near the end of the hike (~8:15).

Event Details

The hike is about 3 miles round trip from the Old Salk Pass parking lot.

Location

Hikers will meet at the IATA parking lot on Old Salk Pass. Cross Plains Ice Age Interpretive Site map.

Dane County Chapter Hike – Verona Segment

Photo Credit: David Lonsdorf

The Hike

The hike starts at the Ice Age Junction parking lot and joins the Ice Age Trail to go south through a ~200-acre restored prairie. This is named the Ice Age Trail Junction Area and is managed by the Dane County Parks Department and provides a visual and physical separation between the cities of Verona and Madison. The Ice Age Trail shares this area with a paved multi-use trail. The trail continues south with some outstanding views through a wooded area and follows to the left at a fork. The segment heads further south and reaches a short spur trail near a maintenance shed that leads west to picnic tables and a kiosk display explaining the prairie restoration program and Upper Sugar River Valley. Several mowed paths will intersect the Trail near the Reddan Soccer Park; continue to follow the Trail straight toward Cross County Road. The Trail turns west and crosses Cross County Road at a marked pedestrian crossing. The Trail enters Badger Prairie County Park and continues southward across a ridge. Hikers will pass through a Dispersed Camping Area and shortly reach the turn-around point at the park’s main shelter.

Event Details

Join hike leader, Rich, on a 4-mile round-trip (out and back) evening hike on the Ice Age Trail on the Verona Segment. The hike starts at Ice Age Trail Junction parking lot located at Hwy PD/McKee Rd and High Point Rd. This is a family-friendly out and back casual hike with some rolling hills. The hike will traverse south to the Badger Prairie County Park main shelter and return back to the Hwy PD parking lot. The segment passes through a combination of prairie and wooded areas.

Tick and mosquito season is upon us. It is recommended that you wear long pants and long sleeves. Please bring bug repellent (or wear clothes soaked in Permethrin). Also bring water and a snack. We should be done by sunset, but just in case, you might want to bring a headlamp or flashlight.

Location

We’ll meet at the parking lot with its entrance on the south side of the intersection of HWY PD and High Point Rd. The intersection has a stoplight and is about 1 mile east of Hwy M. You can find it on Google Maps by searching for “Ice Age Trail Junction Area.” Continue past the two metal sheds to the parking area.

Dane County Chapter Hike – Eastern Lodi Marsh / Lodi Marsh Segments

Photo Credit: Jo Ellarson

The Hike

Eastern Lodi Marsh

Eastern Lodi Marsh starts at the Robertson Trailhead on Lodi-Springfield Road and goes through alternating woods and prairie, reaching the blue-blazed spur trail to the Twin Pines Trailhead, before continuing through a large prairie opening with magnificent views of the Lodi Marsh and bluffs in the distance. Continuing on and upwards, the trail enters woods and passes a spur trail to a Dispersed Camping Area (DCA) as the trail climbs to exit the woods into “Dave’s View”.

“Dave’s View” looking straight west offers a view to the striking U-shaped cut between Center Bluff and the bluff to the north. It is believed this was formed by a large under-glacier river draining meltwater toward the ice margin near the Sauk City area. Further on is open prairie where countless hours and ongoing efforts of local volunteers have restored and maintained several hundred acres of prairie and oak savanna. Bring a wildflower guild to identify the immense variety of prairie flowers. Look for whitetail deer, wild turkeys, pheasants, eastern meadowlarks, red-tailed hawks, and bluebirds.

Lodi Marsh

Lodi Marsh starts at the Robertson Trailhead on Lodi-Springfield Road and travels along the edge of the marsh, through a lowland prairie and over limestone bedrock ridges and drumlins shaped by the Green Bay Lobe, a portion of the most recent ice sheet that flowed from Green Bay toward Madison 18,000 years ago. Lodi Marsh is a large, mostly open wetland complex located in a valley partially filled with glacial till and contains diverse community types and over `160 native plant species. The wetland borders the headwaters and upper two miles of Spring Creek, which includes numerous springs and spring runs, a southern sedge meadow and cattail marsh.

After the first dip, the segment passes through a beautifully restored oak savanna with large open-growth burr oaks and hickory. Volunteers have worked to keep this area brush free and “oak friendly”. Keep an eye on the marsh for recent beaver activity, as new dam has been forming. While previously the trail would “drop into a wet prairie that is frequently saturated”, the muddy mess is avoided (as of 4/2022) by a new 400+ ft long boardwalk that offers expanded views of the marsh. From here the segment ascends through a restored prairie, intersecting a blue-blazed connector trail. The prairie contains such plants as big and little bluestem, Indian grass, showy goldenrod, sky blue aster and the state-threatened prairie thistle.

Event Details

In total, we’ll have a 6-7 mile moderate difficulty hike on the both Eastern Lodi Marsh Segment and the Lodi Marsh Segment of the Ice Age Trail. This scenic hike will go through woods and prairies starting on the Eastern segment the first portion is an out and back to the County Line that will be a bit over 4 miles. After returning to the parking area, those wanting more can hike the shorter Lodi Marsh segment. A portion of this is a loop trail (unless we want to walk the road and make it all a loop). This portion is about 2 miles and will feature the new boardwalk installed in April to eliminate about 400 feet of wet trail. This part overlooks the marsh and crosses over and around a nice drumlin left behind by the last glaciers.

Location

Take State Highway 113 west ~2 miles past the town of Dane to turn left (west) on Lee Rd. for ~1.5 miles and turn right (north) on Lodi-Springfield Rd ~0.8 miles to the Robertson Trailhead kiosk on the west side of the road.  If the parking lot is full, park on the west side of Lodi-Springfield Rd with all wheels off the road.

Trailbuilding: Old Sauk Pass Rd, Dane County

Help construct a new section of trail on DNR property along Old Sauk Pass Rd (Cross Plains State Park).   The new trail will provide a gorge crossing on the north side of the road, creating an important link in the larger (and growing) trail system at this important Ice Age site.  Volunteers of all abilities are welcome!  We provide the tools and instruction – just bring your willing selves, preferably wearing boots and work clothes (multiple layers including a rain coat – we keep working if it is only lightly sprinkling).  Also bring leather work gloves, a water bottle and a pack lunch.  Work will start at 9:00am and continue through mid-afternoon, but you can optionally join in for just a few hours if that better fits your schedule (but we won’t run out of things to do!).  Address any questions to Andrew Bent, [email protected] or 608-333-9896.  Preferably RSVP to [email protected] so we can plan accordingly, but drop-ins also welcome.

Location:

Park in the Dane County Parks lot 0.4 mi west of Timber Lane on Old Sauk Pass Rd.

Dane County Chapter Hike – Valley View Segment

Photo Credit: Heather McEllistrem

The Hike

The Valley View segment is a delightful suburban jaunt through restored prairie, with views west to Blue Mounds. This portion of the segment is on the terminal moraine and is a fine example of prairie and oak savanna restoration. A Mobile Skills Crew event in 2021 extended this off-road segment to Timber Rd.

Event Details

Join hike leader, Rich, on a 3.2 mile round-trip (out and back). There is an opportunity to learn about the natural features and restoration efforts from interpretive signs. Please bring bug repellent and water.

Location

Take Mineral Point Rd. ~2.3 miles west of the Beltline, turn left on Pioneer, and then right on Valley View which curves left and becomes Mound View Rd. Go another .5 miles to the kiosk on the west side on Mound View Rd and the intersection of Moraine Ridge Road. You can park along Moraine Ridge Road by the kiosk, but please be mindful not to park on any resident’s property. Valley View map.

Trailbuilding: Old Sauk Pass Rd, Dane County

Help construct a new section of trail on DNR property along Old Sauk Pass Rd (Cross Plains State Park).   The new trail will provide a gorge crossing on the north side of the road, creating an important link in the larger (and growing) trail system at this important Ice Age site.  Volunteers of all abilities are welcome!  We provide the tools and instruction – just bring your willing selves, preferably wearing boots and work clothes (multiple layers including a rain coat – we keep working if it is only lightly sprinkling).  Also bring leather work gloves, a water bottle and a pack lunch.  Work will start at 9:00am and continue through mid-afternoon, but you can optionally join in for just a few hours if that better fits your schedule (but we won’t run out of things to do!).  Address any questions to Andrew Bent, [email protected] or 608-333-9896.  Preferably RSVP to [email protected] so we can plan accordingly, but drop-ins also welcome.

Location:

Park in the Dane County Parks lot 0.4 mi west of Timber Lane on Old Sauk Pass Rd.

Dane County Chapter Hike – Liebetrau Prairie part of Table Bluff Segment

Photo Credit: Black-eyed Susans in full bloom along the Table Bluff Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail by Gary Hegeman.

The Hike

Come out for a short evening stroll on this Dane County Parks property that is part of the Table Bluff segment of the Ice Age Trail. The trail has some gentle, rolling hills and a looping portion of the trail goes through a section of woods. This 1.5-mile loop offers a grand view toward Blue Mounds (on a clear day).

Enjoy the more than 15 years of prairie restoration efforts. In spring, hikers will see shooting stars and other early prairie flowers; in summer, prairie flowers include an ever-changing explosion of compass plants, monarda, rudbeckia, coneflowers, coreopsis, milkweed, liatris and many more.

Event Details

The hike is about 1.5 miles round trip from the Pine Rd parking lot.

Location

Hikers will meet at the IATA parking lot on Pine Road Liebetrau Prairie – Table Bluff Segment

Trailbuilding: Old Sauk Pass Rd, Dane County

Help construct a new section of trail on DNR property along Old Sauk Pass Rd (Cross Plains State Park).   The new trail will provide a gorge crossing on the north side of the road, creating an important link in the larger (and growing) trail system at this important Ice Age site.  Volunteers of all abilities are welcome!  We provide the tools and instruction – just bring your willing selves, preferably wearing boots and work clothes (multiple layers including a rain coat – we keep working if it is only lightly sprinkling).  Also bring leather work gloves, a water bottle and a pack lunch.  Work will start at 9:00am and continue through mid-afternoon, but you can optionally join in for just a few hours if that better fits your schedule (but we won’t run out of things to do!).  Address any questions to Andrew Bent, [email protected] or 608-333-9896.  Preferably RSVP to [email protected] so we can plan accordingly, but drop-ins also welcome.

Location:

Park in the Dane County Parks lot 0.4 mi west of Timber Lane on Old Sauk Pass Rd.

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Hwy PD Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

You do not need to be experienced in plant ID or have any prior knowledge of seed collection – we will have an overview of each species we’ll be collecting. Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a chaperone. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1119

What to Bring:

Bring drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves, and a snack, if desired. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind working in – long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide all other tools and collecting materials.

Schedule:

Date: Wednesday, November 3rd

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction County Hwy PD Unit, 7701 Hwy PD Verona 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the parking lot by the barns off of McKee Rd.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. We will be sanitizing shared equipment and ask that participants keep at least 6′ of distance between each other. Masks will not be required while outdoors.

For further questions, contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

You do not need to be experienced in plant ID or have any prior knowledge of seed collection – we will have an overview of each species we’ll be collecting. Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a chaperone. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1114

What to Bring:

Bring drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves, and a snack, if desired. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind working in – long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide all other tools and collecting materials.

Schedule:

Date: Friday, October 29th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park – please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit, 6874 Cross Country Rd., Verona, WI 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the Ice Age Trailhead, adjacent to the parking lot of the soccer fields complex.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. We will be sanitizing shared equipment and ask that participants keep at least 6′ of distance between each other. Masks will not be required while outdoors.

For further questions, contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Hwy PD Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

You do not need to be experienced in plant ID or have any prior knowledge of seed collection – we will have an overview of each species we’ll be collecting. Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a chaperone. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1119

What to Bring:

Bring drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves, and a snack, if desired. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind working in – long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide all other tools and collecting materials.

Schedule:

Date: Friday, October 29th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction County Hwy PD Unit, 7701 Hwy PD Verona 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the parking lot by the barns off of McKee Rd.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. We will be sanitizing shared equipment and ask that participants keep at least 6′ of distance between each other. Masks will not be required while outdoors.

For further questions, contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Hwy M Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

You do not need to be experienced in plant ID or have any prior knowledge of seed collection – we will have an overview of each species we’ll be collecting. Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a chaperone. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1120

What to Bring:

Bring drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves, and a snack, if desired. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind working in – long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide all other tools and collecting materials.

Schedule:

Date: Friday, October 22th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction County Hwy M Unit, 8451 Flagstone Dr., Verona, WI 53719

See location in Google Maps

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. We will be sanitizing shared equipment and ask that participants keep at least 6′ of distance between each other. Masks will not be required while outdoors.

For further questions, contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Hwy PD Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

You do not need to be experienced in plant ID or have any prior knowledge of seed collection – we will have an overview of each species we’ll be collecting. Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a chaperone. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1119

What to Bring:

Bring drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves, and a snack, if desired. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind working in – long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide all other tools and collecting materials.

Schedule:

Date: Friday, October 22th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction County Hwy PD Unit, 7701 Hwy PD Verona 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the parking lot by the barns off of McKee Rd.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. We will be sanitizing shared equipment and ask that participants keep at least 6′ of distance between each other. Masks will not be required while outdoors.

For further questions, contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Dane County Parks: Prairie Seed Collection at Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit

Fall is a beautiful time of year to be out in the prairie! The colors are changing and prairie seeds are ripe on the stem. Seeds are collected to plant and enhance lands in other natural areas for pollinators, wildlife, and land restoration.

Event Description:

Led by Dane County Parks, join Natural Areas Staff for a morning of harvesting seeds along the Ice Age Trail in Verona.

You do not need to be experienced in plant ID or have any prior knowledge of seed collection – we will have an overview of each species we’ll be collecting. Children are welcome to attend if accompanied by a chaperone. Groups (students or other) should contact Lars Higdon directly to register and talk over logistics.

Event Details: https://parks-lwrd.countyofdane.com/Event/Detail/1114

What to Bring:

Bring drinking water, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves, and a snack, if desired. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind working in – long sleeves and long pants are recommended. Dress for the weather. We will provide all other tools and collecting materials.

Schedule:

Date: Wednesday, October 20th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

We will meet at 9:00 am and may drive or walk to a location within the park – please arrive on time. If you are unable to come or are running late, please email or call one of us to let us know.

Location:

Ice Age Junction Reddan Unit, 6874 Cross Country Rd., Verona, WI 53593

See location in Google Maps

We will meet at the Ice Age Trailhead, adjacent to the parking lot of the soccer fields complex.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines:

The CDC and WI DHS have issued new recommendations regarding the Covid-19, Delta variant. We will be sanitizing shared equipment and ask that participants keep at least 6′ of distance between each other. Masks will not be required while outdoors.

For further questions, contact:

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 [email protected] 

Claire Lamberg (413) 313-6546 [email protected]

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396 [email protected]

Ice Age Trail Alliance Entrusted with Swamplovers Preserve

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Swamplovers Preserve, Table Bluff, Wetlands, Vista
The diverse Swamplovers Preserve includes wetland, prairie, and oak savannah habitat, which host a variety of resident and migratory wildlife. The Preserve was recently transferred to the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Photo by Kevin Thusius.
On November 24, 2020, the ownership and management responsibilities of the Swamplovers Preserve, a 433-acre property perched on the rolling hills of southwestern Dane County, transferred from the Swamplovers Foundation to the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

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