Month: June 2018

Turtle nest site project

Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest volunteers and Turtles for Tomorrow had a great work session in May restoring a protected turtle nesting site near the Marengo River.  Wood turtles are threatened in Wisconsin and are the primary reason for building this site.  Sites like this draw female turtles away from roads and provide them with larger sites where greater nesting success is expected. This site is protected by electric fence to exclude predators that feed on turtle eggs.  Friends group members will monitor the site for use by turtles.

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Books on natural resources available at the trailhead

The Friends of Lincoln Community Forest volunteers are making it easy and free to borrow books on animals the environment by building a little library at the trailhead of the Lincoln Community Forest.

The library will include natural resource or nature-based books only, especially books for kids and youth.  We encourage people to read a book to a child and activate a desire for them to explore.

Anyone will be welcome to donate books and take a book to keep or return.

Our Education Committee (Teri Isaac and Kathy Zuelsdorff) will keep it maintained, and ensure appropriate material is provided for use.  All materials were donated and built with volunteer hours.

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Friends group tree planting project

The Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest volunteers were busy in May planning 50 white spruce and 100 red oak seedlings in the area recently logged by the Bayfield Regional Conservancy on the Community Forest.  Eighty of the oak seedlings are being protected from deer browsing by 5-foot high plastic grow-tubes.  Twenty oak trees we left unprotected to compare growth and survival in and out of the tubes.  Friends group members will monitor success and will ask permission to continue planting oak and spruce in years to come.

The planted seedlings will improve species diversity.  Trees planted and trees not harvested under an agreement with the Bayfield Regional Conservancy will also help the forest be better prepared for climate change.  The Bayfield Regional Conservancy will be planting white pine in 2019 or 2020.

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Lincoln Community Forest Appreciation Picnic

SAVE THE DATE!!

Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest Appreciation Picnic

Saturday, August 25, 2018 3:00 pm until dark

At the home of Mark and Pam Dryer.  28340 Kyster rd, Mason, WI, 54856

Bring you family, friends and neighbors.  This event if free and open to the public (sorry, no pets).  Donations will be accepted.

  • Hike and fish the Marengo River.  See incredible views of the Marengo River valley and scouring caused by a massive flood in 2016
  • Hike mowed trails in the forest
  • Wood-fired pizza and other foods
  • Silent auction
  • Lawn games
  • Live music by the Hawkins Creek Band and bonfire at 6:00 pm

This is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest’s operating expenses.  Looks to be a fun time.  Hope you can make it.

Directions to the Dryers.

From Grand View, WI – Drive north on HWY 63 about 1.5 miles to Dybedal Rd.  Turn right on Dybedal Rd, drive 2.5 miles to “T” intersection with Altamont Rd.  Turn right on Altamont Rd, drive 3.5 miles following curves to Four Corners Store Rd.  Turn left on Four Corners Rd, drive 1 mile to Kyster Rd.  Turn left on Kyster Rd, drive 1 mile to Fire Number 28340.

From Sanborn, WI – Drive south then west on County E about 3 miles to Four Corners Rd and Saloon.  Turn left on Four Corners Rd, drive 4 miles following the curves to Kyster Rd.  Turn right on Kyster Rd, drive 1 mile to Fire Number 28340.

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