We will be girdling aspen, so those who have never girdled before will acquire a new set of skills.
Directions: Google Map here. At the intersection of State Highways 83 and 59, go west on Hwy 59 6/10th of a mile. Look for the sign for Genesee Oak Opening and Fen (partially obscured by buckthorn). It will be on the right. Park on the wide shoulder of the road and walk in on the gravel lane about 1/4 mile.
What to wear: Wear durable footwear, and bring leather work gloves and of course bring that water bottle! Call Alice at 920-219-0427 if you have questions or are doubtful about weather conditions.
Genesee Oak Opening is a classic bur oak opening on rolling, interlobate morainal topography, with open-grown, scattered young trees of moderate size. Numerous small, dry to dry-mesic prairies occur in scattered openings throughout the 15-acre savanna, filled with side-oats grama, big and little blue-stem, pasqueflower, rough blazing-star, Indian grass, prairie dock, needle grass, prairie smoke, and white camas. To the east is a fen with many uncommon plant species. The remainder of the eastern area is disturbed wetland. About one-half mile of Genesee Creek, a fast-flowing, gravel-bottomed stream, flows through the site. Soils on the uplands are Casco and Rodman loams. Genesee Oak Opening is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1979.
Google map and directions