St. Croix Valley
St. Croix Chapter is located in an area that at one time included large dry prairies. Today there are small remnants that still contain some uncommon plants associated with those historic prairies. Our chapter works on a few of these, visits others to appreciate what is left, and educates folks on fire-dependent ecosystems.
The St. Croix chapter covers Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us!
All meetings are at the River Falls Public Library in the Board Room at 6:30 pm. Look for future dates soon. Everyone is welcome at the monthly meeting of the St. Croix Valley chapter of TPE.
Look for upcoming meeting announcements soon.
Join us for a tree girdling party!
An effective, non-herbicide, method of clearing trees from an oak savanna is by girdling -- removal of the outer bark. This is particularly effective on clonal trees, such as aspen. Read more about the method here: https://www.theprairieenthusiasts.org/blog_home.asp?display=9
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 8:30 am -- 11:30 am
Location: Alexander oak savanna
Directions: Take highway 35 south towards River Falls. Take highway 65 south (35 turns into 65) toward Ellsworth. On the right side (east), just before the River Falls Town Hall is a driveway to the quarry. The gate will be open.
Bring: sturdy work gloves (you will be working with sharp tools and the tree juice will get them wet)
When we finish we will take a wildflower walk. Perhaps we will find Hepatica, Pasqueflower, Prairie-smoke, Bloodroot, wild ginger, Dutchman’s breeches, and so forth.
Prairie Wildflower Walk
Join us for a guided wildflower field trip through the Foster Conservation Area. The oak savanna is ablaze with native prairie wildflowers -- nodding trillium, seneca snakeroot and many more!
Date: May 23 (Thursday)
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Meet at the Wastewater Treatment plant
Directions: From Main street River Falls, turn west at stop light onto West Maple Street (towards the City Hall). Proceed approx. 9 blocks on Maple.
Turn left onto Apollo Road (there is a sign on a pole pointing to the RF Waste water treatment plant). Proceed south to the plant gate.
Hope to see you there!
June 2 -- Prairie Days at Willow River State Park
June 8 or 9 -- Belwin trip
All work parties (and they are parties!) start at 10:00 am and last until 2:00 pm. However, you are welcome to come for 1 hour, 2 hours, etc. Whatever time you can volunteer is appreciated.
No work days scheduled at this time. There is 18-20 inches of snow and it is hard to walk back to the sites. Stay tuned.
Questions? Contact Evanne at 715-381-1291. Hope to see you there!
Ginny and Joe helped the kids make seed bombs at Camp St. Croix for Earth Day.
Mike P, Wayne, Alex, Mike M, and Jim B pulled five bags of garlic mustard at Foster Conservation Area for "Clean Up the Kinni Day".