St. Croix Valley Chapter
St. Croix, Pierce, Polk counties in Wisconsin and Washington county in Minnesota
Chapter Meeting Minutes:
Prescribed burns and fire break maintenance
TBD -- Blueberry Hill (weather dependent). County currently under a burn ban.
All burns dependent on fire weather forecast at this link:
Be sure you are on the burn crew list. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 12
The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. Join a group of us for dinner at the Lazy River in River Falls for their $1.50 burgers.
Note: The Society Hall may or may not be open before 7:00. Don't be discouraged and leave; just wait for us to bring the key. And there may or may not be another group meeting there about the same time. I will put up signs to direct you to our meeting room.
Title of Tour: Lake Edith Oak Savanna (Belwin Conservancy)
Date: May 23, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lake Edith Oak Savannah, Washington Co., MN
The Lake Edith Oak Savanna is part of the Belwin Conservancy Preserve in Afton, MN. Join us on this special tour -- this property is not normally open to the public.
Over 100 acres of savanna are in the early stages of restoration and spring conditions permitting, will be responding to the initial prescribed burn. Pockets of remnant dry prairie can be found on the ridges with species such as dropseed, leadplant and false - pennyroyal. The area is being managed for red-headed woodpecker habitat; a juvenile red-headed woodpecker was seen in 2011. Other bird species of interest include grassland birds such as the Henslow's, grasshopper, Le Conte, and field sparrow; warblers including the Nashville, blue-winged, yellow rumps and common yellow throat; grosbeaks and flycatchers.
Difficulty: Access to the site requires hiking across moderately steep terrain.
Leader Contact: Tara Kelly, Director of Ecological Restoration 1553 Stagecoach Tr., Afton, MN 55001 (651-436-5189 office or 651-755-5947 cell)
Directions: Meet at 795 Indian Trail, Afton MN 55001
From Hudson Road, take Indian Trail south. Access to the Lake Edith Natural Area is from 795 Indian Trail. You will see a brick house and several out buildings. Please park in the turnaround driveway by the house. Car-pooling is encouraged as parking spaces are limited.
Title of Tour: Experimental Plots: Aging, Beauty and Knowledge
Date: Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at 5:30 pm
Washington Co., MN
Leader Contact Info: Shawn Schottler. email@example.com, 651-433-5953
Title of Tour: The subtle and the obvious: Standing Cedars Comparative PlantingsDate: Thursday July 18th, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Polk Co. WI
Leader Contact Info: Shawn Schottler and Troy Meacham
TPE All-Chapter Picnic
Sunday, July 21
Blueberry Hill seeding
Enjoy these photos from the day, March 3, 2013.
Six chapter members picked seed on Saturday, October 20, at Blueberry Hill and at the nearby St. Croix Savanna State Natural Area.
TPE St. Croix Valley Chapter members, WI DOT, and WI DNR collect dotted blazing star (Liatris punctata) from the site of the new St. Croix River bridge.