Prairie Sands Chapter is located in the geological center of Wisconsin in the sandy soils of ancient glacial lakes. This region features some of the state’s premier examples of remnant dry prairies, pine barrens and oak savannas. Research and protection for the endangered Karner blue butterfly and the greater prairie chicken is centered in this region.
The Prairie Sands chapter covers Adams, Marquette, Juneau, Portage, Waushara, Waupaca, and Green Lake Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!
A Successful Annual Chapter Christmas Party and Seed Exchange
Our November 29 event was held at More Healthy Food & Cafe, which proved to be a pleasant change of pace with their festive decor, friendly staff and delicious food. There was a short presentation by Beth Johnson about our new Prairie Sands Chapter facebook page (The Prairie Enthusiasts - Prairie Sands Chapter) and decisions made about thank you gifts for Laurel Bennett for her 5 years as Page Creek Marsh Steward and memorials for the Sonnenberg family, as well as future Private Lands Tours and Workdays. See the meeting minutes (link) for details.
The Prescribed Burn Training Class was a success
The two day course was held at Fred and Karen Wollenburg’s residence and prairie near Dalton, Wisconsin on November 11 and November 12 and taught by Ecologist, Jeb Barzen of Private Lands Conservation LLC. Jeb has led prescribed burn training for over 30 years, logging in 580 prescribed fires. He was assisted by Rob Nurre who has been co-instructing the class for at least 3 years. Upon completion, participants are now certified to assist as crew on Prairie Enthusiast sanctioned prescribed burns and in restoring prairie, savanna and wetland ecosystems on a program Jeb’s company is working on with Wisconsin Potato Farmers of this region called Healthy Grown Farms.
The weather on the 12th was too humid for the full prairie burn, so on Monday the 14th some of the group reassembled and burned the prepared 15 acres of prairie.
Karner Blue Butterfly conservation
Learn more about our work and funding opportunties in this blog post.