Chippewa Savannas

70623111_10157416136024360_8499841287824867328_n.jpgThe 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 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.

Work parties are a great way to get out in our local prairies, have fun and make new friends, not to mention do some actual work to protect and restore these special places. From time to time we also have events, classes, and educational activities that require volunteer help. To receive direct emails about upcoming work parties, send an email to [email protected] We promise to only use this list for volunteer opportunities, and will never use it for spam, fundraising, political stuff and we certainly will not sell your email address.

Chapter contact:  Kathy Stahl, [email protected]

Facebook:  Chapter page


Upcoming Events

 

Morsbach Prairie Walk on June 19, 10AM to 2PM

Carl Morsbach invites you, your kids and your family to tour his ecological restoration and goat prairie projects on his cattle ranch in Pepin County. It is an operating cattle ranch so you must respect the fences and gates used to contain the livestock. Thank You.

Biologists Mark Leach and David Linderud will lead tours identifying the special plants which grow on an outstanding goat prairie (a dry prairie on a steep slope). They will also describe the early stages of extensive oak savanna restoration. These places are located going up the hills and on top of the hills in the "Driftless Area" of Wisconsin. For those unable to walk up steep slopes, we will transport you to the top of the bluff, where the view is magnificent.

A simple lunch and drinks will be served, including Sloppy Joes made from Carl’s grass raised beef. Our featured speaker will be Captain Ross Marcks a 40 year towboat captain of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, about his interesting river boat life pushing tows (3 barges wide 7 long) through the locks and sandbars.

Wear sturdy footwear (no open toes or sandals), long pants and light colored long sleeve shirt, bring drinking water, and learn to identify Poison Ivy, which is common in places. Bring Tick spray and we will cover ways to avoid them.

The previously announced work party that was to be a part of this event is postponed in order to better provide opportunities to experience and learn about and identify the native plants, to explore the land and to get to know other prairie enthusiasts.

There is no charge to attend the field day, So we can anticipate the amount of food for lunch, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please RSVP by June 16 by sending an email to [email protected] with "Morsbach" in the subject line. Please include how many adults and children will be with you. Directions will be sent to the email address you use to register.

 

Weeding Work Party at Dobbs Landing - Saturday, June 12 at 9AM

It is the best of times to see late-spring blooms and natives. It is also the worst of times as weedy invasives like Spotted Knapweed and Dame's Rocket make their presence known on the landscape.

On June 12, come out and help tackle some weedy hotspots near the Dobbs Landing remnant prairie just west of Colfax. We'll meet at 9AM in the main parking area. We'll be doing some spraying but there is plenty of old-fashioned pulling to do as well. No special expertise is needed. Bring gloves and a long-sleeved shirt to protect against prickly shrubs.

We ask that you RSVP so we know to look for you, which you can do by sending an email to [email protected] with "Dobbs Weeding" in the subject line. Hope to see you there!

 

DIRECTIONS TO DOBBS LANDING (Link to Google Map)

 
 

Join the CSC Volunteer List

Email: [email protected]

Consider joining the CSC chapter volunteer list. We will have numerous opportunities over the next 6-12 months, including seed collection, invasives control, making burn breaks at Dobbs Landing, and prescribed burns in the spring. We only use it for notice of local volunteer activities - no spam, no fundraising! To join, send an email to [email protected]

 


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

Join the discussion! Share your photos! Connect with other local Prairie Enthusiasts!

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