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Wood Turtle Watch

Wood turtles love the Marengo River and it’s surrounding habitats, laying their eggs in loose gravel near the river.  Unfortunately, they often lay their eggs in road ditches, giving raccoons a smorgasbord of newly laid eggs. It’s one of the reasons they are a state threatened species.
That’s why the Lincoln Community Forest and Turtles for Tomorrow built safe nesting sites in the forest.  These sites are gravel pads surrounded by electric fence to keep raccoons and other predators out.  One nest successfully hatched eggs last year which means that more females will be attracted to the site this year.
Volunteers with the Friends of Lincoln Community Forest will check out (monitor) the nesting sites every day in June to look for turtle nests.  Nests will be recorded, marked, and then in fall, inspected to see if the eggs hatched and baby turtles emerged.
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Tending Young Trees

Aspen were harvested along the main trail in the Lincoln Community Forest a few years ago.  Soon after, we planted white spruce and red oak.  The oak were protected from deer using tree tubes.  Landmark Conservancy planted white pine.  These species will give the forest more diversity and resilience to a changing climate.
Volunteers from the Friends group helped tend these young trees this spring.  We checked survival, fixed tree tubes where needed, and propped up white pine that were bent over from heavy snow.  We saw good survival of red oak and white pine.  Some white spruce survived too, but not as well as the pine and oak.  It will be fun to see these trees grow over the years.
The pic shows Erika Lang (Landmark Conservancy) and Madelaine Rekemeyer (Friends volunteer) social distancing while tending trees.
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FLCF Forest News – January 2020

Friends of Lincoln Community Forest volunteers have been busy this winter grooming the ski trails and packing the snowshoe trails. We are seeing a lot of trail use this year, having been blessed with an abundance of snow and relatively mild temperatures.
Check it out!

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Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest Appreciation Picnic


Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest Appreciation Picnic

Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:00 pm until dark

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

Please join us.  Bring your family, friends and neighbors.  This event is free and open to the public (sorry, no pets).  Donations will be accepted.

  • Wood-fired pizza and other great foods
  • 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
  • Silent auction treasures
  • Lawn games
  • Live music by the Hawkins Creek Band and campfire at 6:00 pm

This is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest’s operating expenses.

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 and then west on County E about 3 miles to Four Corners Store Rd and Saloon.  Turn left on Four Corners Store Rd, drive 4 miles following the curves to Kyster Rd.  Turn right on Kyster Rd, drive 1 mile to Fire Number 28340.Directions to the Dryers.

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The Story of Fish and Climate Change in WI

Our next education program features Frank Pratt, retired Fishery Biologist, who will speak on the changes to local fisheries predicted from our changing climate. Frank offers a fun and educational program. You want won’t to miss it!

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Zoomobile coming to Grand View

The Friends of Lincoln Community Forest Education Committee (Teri Isaac and Kathy Zuelsdorff) has lined up another great program for kids (of all ages)!  Learn about and see four live animals brought by the Lake Superior Zoomobile.

Grand View Town Hall and Community Center on Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m.

Please pass the word to anyone you think will be interested.

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Wolf Management by the Numbers

Don’t miss this free presentation on wolf management presented by Northland College assistant professor Eric Olson,  sponsored by the Friends of Lincoln Community Forest with grant funding provided by the Four Cedars Environmental Fund and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Monday December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand View, WI Community Center.

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Fall LCF trail work day

On Saturday, thirteen Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest volunteers conducted trail maintenance on the hiking and ski trails.  Volunteers cut through fallen trees that blocked the trail; cut away brush and low hanging branches that slap your face; cut or removed stumps, rocks and roots that trip you up; and spread wood chips into ruts by the trailhead entrance left by logging machinery many years ago.  We wrapped up the afternoon with hot soup and desserts.  It was a great day in the Forest.

The trails are ready for snowshoeing and skiing.  Now we just need snow.

Pictured left to right in the featured image is Ed Johnston, Chris Lindsey, Mark Dryer, Art Techlow, Mark Belknap, Jack Wichita, Irv Berlin, Jan Berlin, Steve Sorensen, Jim Pedersen, Ed Isaac.  Missing from the group picture is Pam Dryer, Dorothy Lagerroos and Teri Isaac.   

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Friends of Lincoln Community Forest Appreciation Picnic

The second annual Friends of Lincoln Community Forest Appreciation Picnic was a huge success and a wonderful event for our neighborhood.
“THANK YOU” to everyone who attended (over 100 people) and all the volunteers. We would not have been so successful without you.

It was successful for several reasons. The picnic was an unprecedented financial success (netted $2,200); many people learned about the Forest and several became new members.
Most important, there was a feeling of community, of coming together for something so close to us, right here in Lincoln Township.
Thanks, also, to all who donated items and found other people to donate items to the Silent Auction. Lots of variety.
And thanks, of course, to all the buyers. I hope you are enjoying the many different offerings from under the tent.
With much appreciation,

Mary Maguire, Fundraising Chair

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Eek! Touch a snake??

The environmental education program titled Predators! sponsored by the Friends of Lincoln Community Forest was fun and successful.  32 people attended including 16 kids.  And yes, most of them touched the snake!

Stories and explanations about predators and their prey, their life cycles, and how they hunt, eat and survive were presented by Haley Appleman of the Cable Natural History Museum in the Grand View Community Center.  She brought a live hawk, a snake, and a tiger salamander and explained how they catch their prey in very different ways.  Audience participation in these stories and explanations made the learning interesting and fun!

This was the first of four wildlife education programs that will be sponsored by the FLCF.  Funding was provided by the Four Cedars Environmental Fund and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Keep a look-out for the next program which will be held in early December

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