On this walk to Zoerb and Lookout Prairies we will examine the soils of bluff prairies and other spots of interest along the way. We will look at the loamy-skeletal soils of the upper bluff prairie associated with the Oneota Dolostone and the sandy-skeletal soils of the lower bluff prairie associated with the Jordan Sandstone. Although these two forms of bluff prairies have some similar plant species, the loamy-skeletal and sandy-skeletal soils support distinct plant communities.
Peter Hartman is the hike leader. Peter is a retired NRCS soil scientist that was one of the authors of two publications describing the ecological site descriptions of bluff prairies. The publications can be found here: Ecological Site Description: Sandstone Colluvium Bluff Prairie (usda.gov) and Ecological Site Description: Dolomite Colluvium Bluff Prairie (usda.gov).
Meet at the NWS station on Hwy FA. From there it is a short fairly level walk to the prairie. If you choose to, there are steep hills to walk once we get there!
La Crosse, WI 54601
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