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Friend’s group bat house project

The Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest initiated a new wildlife conservation initiative with the construction and installation of bat houses at two locations on the Community Forest.  Friends group volunteers put up the first of two bat house poles in May.  Each pole has two different styles of houses attached to it.  The second pole will go up as soon as the trail to the site dries out.  Bat houses provide bats a safe place to roost and raise their young in the summer.

Bats are an integral part of the ecosystem. Because of their feeding habits, bats are an important form of pest control and also pollinate and spread many important foods we eat every day.  Bats have voracious appetites, and a single bat can eat thousands of insects every night.

Building a bat house is a great way to help these threatened animals. Because of their slow reproductive rates (typically 1 baby per year), bats of all species are at risk of population decline. Habitat loss, pesticides and an invasive fungus that is associated with White-Nose Syndrome are all negatively impacting bat populations. Providing alternative roosting habitat with bat houses can help lessen the impacts of these threats.

While creating habitat, the Friends of Lincoln Community Forest will contribute to monitoring of bat health and status by enrolling in the WI DNR Summer Bat Monitoring Program.

Wisconsin’s four bat species that might roost in bat houses include: little brown bats, big brown bats, eastern pipistrelle bats and northern long-eared bats. The little brown and big brown bats are the most likely of the four species to take up residence in bat houses.

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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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Fat Tire Riding Done For The Season

The snow and ice have melted and so access to the trails for fat tire bikes has been closed to protect the trails. Warmer days and hiking is just around the corner.

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South Unit Trail Now Open After Logging!

The logging operation that harvested all the marketable aspen along 0.6 miles of the Boulevard (main multi-purpose) Trail in the South Unit in the Lincoln Community Forest has been completed.  The area previously closed to public access for safety reasons is now open for winter activities including snowshoeing, skiing and biking.  The Friends Group will start grooming the Boulevard Trail as soon as enough snow falls to cover the now-plowed trail.  We will alert you when this happens.

The Friends of Lincoln Community Forest worked with and provided compensation to the Bayfield Regional Conservancy to modify the planned clear-cut to save maple, birch, ash, and other hardwoods from harvest.  Special thanks to everyone involved in those discussions!​​

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Winter Fun In The Forest

​On Saturday, March 11, 2017 join the Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest and Bayfield Regional Conservancy for an afternoon of activities and fun for the whole family.

The day begins at 1:00 with a hike or ski in the Lincoln Community Forest, as weather and snowfall permits.  The interpretive hike will be led by conservation experts in the fields of forestry and watershed function.  Bayfield Regional Conservancy will provide light snacks and beverages at the trailhead.  All ages welcome!

After the hike, we gather at Four Corners Food and Spirits to visit with members of the Friends Group and Bayfield Regional Conservancy.  Stay until 4:00 for The Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest annual membership meeting.  Learn about activities and accomplishments on the Community Forest and see dramatic pictures of the Marengo River valley after last July’s flood.  Stay for tacos and pizza, or order off the menu.

Schedule of Events:

Lincoln Community Forest Trailhead, 28430 Marengo River Rd, Mason
1:00     Hike, Snowshoe or Ski

Four Corners Food and Spirits, 30015 County Highway C, Mason
3:00     Social
4:00     FLCF Membership Meeting
5:00     Taco and Pizza Bar

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Life & Ecology of Wisconsin Large Furbearers

Dear Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest,
You are invited to attend a program on the Life and Ecology of Wisconsin’s Large Furbearers of the North, presented by John Olson retired WDNR Furbearer Specialist. Olson’s presentation promises to be an informative and exciting hands‐on event.

When: December 7th, 2017 7 pm 
Where: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland, WI
Who:  Open to the public. All ages are encouraged to attend.

Olson will discuss the life and ecology of Wisconsin’s largest northern furbearers – bobcats, coyotes, wolves, cougars, lynx, and other furbearers of interest – and exhibit pelts and other artifacts.
John has been engaged in wildlife management for over 40 years. His work has included programs involving bald eagles, common loons, ospreys, black bears and wolves. In the 1990’s John began his work in furbearer management, trapper education, and humane trap research in Wisconsin, across the U.S., and other countries.

The presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands, the Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest, and the Chequamegon Audubon Society.

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10 Leopold-Style benches have been placed along the ski & hiking trails

Take a rest and enjoy the forest with 10 new benches for The FLCF to take a break, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the forest. All work made possible by the FLCF.

 

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