Land under and next to the Xcel power lines in the Town of Seymour owned by Eau Claire County includes native prairie remnants. Adjoining the county land is private land owned by the Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club where they have undertaken some prairie restoration. Karner Blue Butterflies, Phlox moths, and Gorgone Checkerspots have been seen on these properties and tracked by Dr. Paula Kleintjes-Neff and her UWEC students. In cooperation with the Eau Claire County Parks and Forest Department, the Eau Claire Rod and Gun Club, the Lake Altoona Rehabilitation Protection District, and Dr. Kleintjes-Neff’s UWEC classes, the Chippewa Savannas Chapter is working to preserve and expand the native prairie remnants along the Xcel corridor and adjoining lands. Our work includes collecting and planting native seeds from the area, opening the native prairie that has been taken over by non-native invasive plants and trees, developing prairie corridors between the County and private land, and collaborating with the people/agencies who are involved with these properties.
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