Prairie Talk, Walk & Work event a collaborative success!
Saturday, August 10 was a gorgeous morning to be out at the Fox Hill Nature Preserve for CLCF’s Prairie Talk, Walk & Work Day. The event was the result of the collaborative effort of several different community partners who wanted to provide this opportunity to Have Fun Outside and support the work of conservation.
Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s alliance for land trusts, organizes Wisconsin Land Trust Days – a series of over 30 outdoor events and activities hosted by land trusts throughout Wisconsin – during the months of August and September. You can check out other events on the calendar at HaveFunOutside.org.
The Volunteer Center of Washington County arranged to have the Do Good Bus drop off volunteers at this event to help control invasive species on our prairie. They worked with Rachel Feerick, Scientist In Residence at Riveredge Nature Center and the West Bend School District, to pull red clover out of the prairie area in order to keep native species and tallgrass prairie plants the primary specimens there.
Lee Krueger, CLCF Board member and Town of West Bend historian, shared stories of the farmers who lived on Fox Hill, how Sleeping Dragon Road got its name, and why there are apple trees disbursed throughout the property that once was Moberly’s Riding Stables.
The health of the Fox Hill Nature Preserve is evident in the abundance of biodiversity visible from the trails. You won’t want to miss these treasures and the unique beauty of this permanently protected natural area!