EcoARC

Environmental Action and Resource Calendar

for the greater Iowa County area

Contact EcoARC here.

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February

February 6, Wednesday

7 pm Monthly garden club presentation. Stan Temple will speak about the crane migration. |Stonefield Apartments, 403 E. Madison St., Dodgeville.

 

February 9, Saturday

11 am Sustain Iowa County/Citizens Climate Lobby joint meeting. First hour focuses on local environmental issues. Second hour is an online meeting with CCL chapters around the world. | The Country Kitchen, 1202 N. Johns St., Dodgeville. To learn more here .

February 10, Sunday

1 – 4 p.m. Join the Prairie Enthusiasts Church-Thomson Tree and Brush Removal Work Day | Come help us cut and treat scattered brush and small trees from prairie areas at Mounds View Grassland.  This activity is critical to keeping our prairie remnants and restorations open and suitable habitat for the wide range of rare and declining plants, birds, and insects that require such habitat.

What to Wear/Bring: 
Bring gloves and appropriate clothing for working outside in brushy conditions with occasional thorns. Loppers and clippers will be provided, but if you have favorite tools, please bring them along. Experienced chainsaw operators with their own equipment are welcome, but safety chaps and head, ear and eye protection are required.

Work Party Leader:  Rich Henderson (h) 608.845.7065; tpe.rhenderson@tds.net

Directions:  From the intersection of US Hwy 18-151 and County F (south of Blue Mounds in western Dane County), take F approximately 5 miles south. Turn right onto Reilly Road, and proceed to barn at the end of the road. (Note: 1/2 mile down F from 18-151, pay close attention to the road signs, for F turns to the right & the straight ahead becomes County Z. Stay on F.

 

February 14, Thursday

7 pm  Oak Savanna Restoration Lecture offered as the second of 3 Conservation img_4745Conversations sponsored by The Blue Mounds Area Project. Nate Fayram, WDNR State Natural Areas Manager will present on managing oak savannas and woodlands in the Driftless Area, including common techniques, their appropriate tools and application, and troubleshooting common problems. | At Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Business Hwy 18-151 E. (Main Street) in Mount Horeb (next to Culver’s Restaurant). | Learn more here.

 

February 17, Sunday

1 – 4 p.m. Join the Prairie Enthusiasts for tree thinning/brush pile burning at Kalscheur Oak Savanna | This small gem harbors 212 native plant species associated with remnant dry prairie, oak savanna, and sedge meadow, including a population of the rare Hill’s thistle, a state Threatened species. Help site steward Pat Handrick and crew thin mesophytic trees from the savanna and burn brush piles.

What to Wear/Bring: Warm, heavy-duty gloves and boots. Wear layers of clothing so you can shed layers if you get overheated while hauling and piling trees and brush on burn piles. Wear clothing that may get small holes in it from airborne cinders. Loppers, helmets, and burning supplies will be provided. Experienced chainsaw operators with their own equipment are welcome, but safety chaps and head, ear and eye protection are required.

Work Party Leader:  Pat Handrick.  Work Party Coordinator: Amy Staffen, amystaffen@gmail.com, (h)608.238.0450

Directions to Site: 
From Hollandale, drive 2 miles south on CTH K. Watch for cars parked along the road near 596 County Road K – this is the neighbors’ house across the street from the TPE access easement. Park as far as possible off the road. Look for the Prairie Enthusiasts sign at the start of the access easement next to the highway.  Head downhill from there, following the cleared corridor and the Prairie Enthusiasts signs.  At the bottom of the hill, cross the footbridge, then you should be able to see and hear the workers on the site.

 

February 28, Thursday

7 pm Prairie Restoration Lecture offered as the third of 3 Conservation neil-diboll-in-liatris-aspera-by-fine-gardening-2001Conversations sponsored by The Blue Mounds Area Project . Neil Diboll, President of Prairie Nursery will share “Five Steps for Successful Prairie Establishment,” a guide to doing it right the first time.| At Mount Horeb branch of the State Bank of Cross Plains, 1740 Business Hwy 18-151 E. (Main Street) in Mount Horeb (next to Culver’s Restaurant). | Learn more here.

 

 

March

March 2, Saturday

8 am Celebrate our native prairie at the 32 Annual Prairie Enthusiast Conference – screen shot 2019-01-13 at 2.37.19 pmThis year’s theme: IDENTIFICATION, CONSERVATION, AND FUN! Presentations on grassland sparrows, sedges and rare plants found in our area. A session on managing invasive plants! Stay for The Prairie Enthusiasts annual all-chapter banquet after the conference. The entire day enables you to network and meet up with old friends. | Off-Broadway Banquet Center Menomonie, Wisconsin | Learn more here .

 

 

 

 

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