Hike to a sand prairie -- August 13
Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 9 am-noon, then lunch noon-1pm.
Address: W3201 160th Ave, Maiden Rock, WI 54750
This past July 2, TPE member Carl Nelson discovered a tiny prairie remnant tucked away on a flat site in the bottom of a coulee. He is inviting our Chapter members to see this spot and help with some plant identification.
This newly discovered remnant appears to be "untouched," and includes prairie dropseed and other native grasses, along with a healthy complement of forbs, including pale-spiked lobelia, spiderwort, wild bergamot, rudbeckia, and butterfly weed. There is a small bur oak and some grubs. Otherwise, the remnant is free of woody vegetation.
He believes the soil is almost pure sand, as the Jordan Sandstone (the infamous frac sand) is exposed nearby.
If there is interest, we can tour the hillside savanna remnant and open oak woodland and discuss a possible burn for this area. Finally, there is a 6-acre CRP CP-42 pollinator planting in its second growing season, along with a new number of other CRP fields of various types as well as some old fields (recently burned) that I am attempting to restore to native vegetation.
Note: The hike down to the remnant is short but involves a 200-foot climb.
Questions: Contact Carl Nelson at 612-578-3751