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!
October 27 and 28th: Prescription Burn Training will again be held at the Wollenburg Prairie in Dalton. The class may have a few openings. Contact the instructor, Jeb Barzen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
December 4th will be the Annual Prairie Sands Chapter Christmas Party and Seed Exchange. It will be held at More Healthy Foods Cafe in Montello. The Chapter will pay for the pizza. There will be a short chapter meeting where we will discuss field trip schedules for next year and more. RSVP at email@example.com or leave a message at 608 297-2183 by Tuesday, November 27 if you plan on coming.
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
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