Cindy Ramseyer wrote a Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) grant funded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which provided us with the funds to control burn 20 acres after clearing the brush piles along the edge of fire breaks. The goat prairie is making an amazing resurgence with native flowers, fewer birch trees and more red headed woodpeckers.
Thanks to Paula & Mark Voss for gathering friends Pam & Lee Koch, Dick & Beth Lind, Todd & Jodi Punke, Chris & Juan Fernandez, Patty & Mike Mayo, Anne & Randy Winter, Patty Gangler and Cathy Tupper to spend a Saturday working a Handy Person Special. The group piled firewood, several brush piles, cut and treated buckthorn and collected seeds. The group feasted on a chili lunch and lasagna dinner provided by Don & Donna.
Clem Zinnel, Zinnel Excavating carefully landscaped with his bulldozer areas of Doe Chase and Big Buck ski trails to level out ditches, remove stumps and provide improved drainage.
The Vegetation Management Services goats grazed for several weeks munching on buckthorn, briars, sumac and box elder to improve the health of the forest.
Several acres were enrolled in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve the health of the white pine plantation and improve an oak savanna.