Glacial Prairie

Glacial Prairie Chapter is in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin, outside the Driftless Area. While our region lacks the hill prairies found in other chapters, we have some unique prairies associated with glacial till. Other prairies in the area include large sand prairies, some wet prairies, and the typical roadside and railroad prairies the escaped development. We work together in coops on lands of our members and partner with other organizations.  We also are active during the week with schools in the area, doing presentations and planting school prairies.

The Glacial Prairie Chapter covers Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth, and Waukesha Counties in Wisconsin. We invite you to join us! 

Learn more on our About our chapter and Sites and Projects web pages.

Board representative:  Alice Mirk, aimirk68@icloud.com; 920-219-0427

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The Makutu Herbicide Stick Applicator

Everyone needs a good applicator for the variety of herbicides used in prairie and savanna restoration and conservation. The Makutu is the answer to all the applicator problems you have had in the past. It essentially consists of three pieces: the reservoir that is easy fill, a valve that controls the flow of herbicide, and the removable wick/wick holder. The durable wick is readily and economically replaceable with accessible material. The Makutu is offered in two sizes: 59 inches (so no bending); and 27 inches, ideal for treating small stems with the Makutu in one hand and a pruner in the other. It was developed at the request of one of Glacial Prairie Chapter’s stellar volunteers.

We can ship or arrange for pickup/drop off if you are in the SE Wisconsin (Glacial Prairie Chapter area).

Large Makutu- 59 inches $30 plus $8 UPS shipping

Small Makutu- 27 inches $27 plus $8 UPS shipping

Alice Mirk, aimirk68@icloud.com; 920-219-0427

Prairies We Manage

Shining Oaks Preserve

Location: Jefferson County, WI, Summer Township (T5N, R13E), Section 6. The address of the property is: N2416 E. Rockdale Road, Cambridge, WI 53523

Savanna 

Shining Oaks contains remnants of a former savanna community in several areas. In particular, old growth, open-grown white oaks persist along the esker glacial deposits that traverse the property. There are two main savanna areas. The first are the areas located within the existing conservation easement. Some work has been done to restore these areas, but the restoration potential in these areas is very high. Upon inspecting the property, there was a carpet of shooting star and penn sedge with scatterings of Wisconsin state threatened kittentails (Besseya bullii).

Shrub Carr & Wet Meadow

Surrounding the esker savanna remnants are shrub carr communities that have developed on wet soils associated with the stream corridor which transects the property. Dominant species include sandbar willow (Salix interior), black willow (Salix nigra), red osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), and nannyberry (Viburnum lentago). These areas vary from diverse understory of native sedges (Carex sp.) to areas with reed canary grass Based on historical aerial photography, these communities have developed after the site reverted from row cropping, then pasture, to its current fallow state. There are some high quality wetlands and sedge complexes and native plant communities. 

 


If you have any questions, comments or need more information, please contact the Glacial Prairie Chapter Event Coordinator at:  aimirk68@icloud.com.