Chippewa Savannas

The Chippewa Savannas Chapter is partially within the Driftless Area of western Wisconsin. The area contains dry hill prairies commonly found in the Driftless Area, but we also have savannas through the chapter's area.  River terrace prairies and savannas are found along our large rivers. We share our knowledge within our membership, and with others through outreach activities.

The Chippewa Savannas Chapter covers Pepin, Dunn and Eau Claire Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us! 

Learn more by visiting the About our chapter and Sites and Projects pages.

Chapter contact:  Caroljean Coventree, theprairieenthusiasts.csc@gmail.com, 715-698-2609

Facebook:  Chapter page


What's New

 

May 30 Work Day at Dobbs Landing

Saturday, May 30 starting at 1:00 PM

Help us pull, spray, and otherwise bully invasives such as Spotted Knapweed Dames Rocket at Dobbs Landing on May 30, west of Colfax. We start at 1:00 and will continue until 3:00 or so until we run out of oomph. We will be pulling and spraying invasive plants in the native prairie and planted areas. Please bring gloves and small digging equipment if you have it. Please email us for planning purposes, or if we need to cancel, at theprairieenthusiastics.csc@gmail.com.

Usually we enjoy some refreshments after our work efforts. However with social distancing and concern for spread of COVID-19, we will not be providing refreshments and we will be maintaining a distance from one another. Bring your own refreshments and enjoy being in a beautiful place on a day that is reportedly to be in the 50's.

Here's a link to a google map of the site. Drive down the dirt road to the parking area, and start looking for the prairie people. The road is bumpy, but navigable for most vehicles if care is exercised.

 

Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area Train Ride  

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020

We are hoping to reschedule this annual fundraising event in September. It's still a great time for birding and blooms - just different!

Ride an open car train through the Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area with prairie, bird, and reptile experts. This is the largest river delta in the Midwest, with rare species and varied terrains. The train will make stops along the way for prairie explorations with our experts.

Prices: $25 for members. $35 for non-members. $5 for children 13-18. Children under 13 are free.

Parking: Google Maps

Link to informational sheet with all details.

For more information visit our Facebook page, contact us at theprairieenthusiasts.csc@gmail.com or call Caroljean at (715) 698-2609.

 

Chapter Burn Crew Training

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2020

Unfortunately we must reschedule our April 18 burn training for chapter crew members on our burns. We hope to hold it in the fall, if conditions are favorable for this hands-on class. Stay tuned to future newsletters and our website for updates.

The class is tailored to anyone who wants to volunteer as a crew member on our burns or who is just interested in learning more about prescribed burns through hands-on and classroom instruction. Our chapter experts will cover the basics of fire behavior, management, and safety. If the weather conditions are suitable, participants will have the opportunity to ignite and extinguish a grass fire.

Bring:

• Natural fiber clothing (cotton, or wool, not polyester or other synthetic)

• Leather Boots

• Leather or cotton gloves, a cap and bandana.

For more information contact Kathy Ruggles at kathyaruggles@gmail.com or 715-664-8368.

 

NWCG Prescribed Burn Classes & Scholarships

Classes postponed, but scholarships still available

Our chapter is offering a 50% discount for upcoming NWCG training and certification opportunities. Due to COVID, the hands-on classes are postponed until August/September 2020 but you can do the online portion anytime. All classes are offered by Incident Management Specialist LLC. Many members may be interested in S-190 Basic Wildfire Firefighter & Prescribed Fire, which involves a 24-hour online component at your own pace capped by a one-day field experience with a live burn (weather permitting) at the Madison Arboretum. More advanced classes including S-219 and S-290 are coming up as well. All classes are offered by Incident Management Specialist LLC.

Visit this link for a complete schedule and course info.

The cost for each class is $270, but the first five CSC members who ask will receive 50% reimbursement if they A) complete the course and B) commit to helping on the burn crew for at least two upcoming chapter-sponsored burns.

If you're interested in the scholarship, email theprairieenthusiasts.csc@gmail.com with the subject 'Burn Class Scholarship'. Reimbursement will be made after successful course completion.

 


Having a good time is a fun collateral benefit to our protection of and education about area native prairies.

Our Facebook events page is here.