Volunteer workday set for Dec. 18 at Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area

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  1. By Central Office December 7, 2015

    Contact(s): Dean Edlin, DNR, 608-792-3054 or Chase Cummings, Pepin County Land Conservation Department, 715-672-8665 ext. 5 or cell 715-225-6229

    Help sought in caring for unique bluff and peregrine falcon habitat

    STOCKHOLM, Wis. - Volunteers can enjoy a spectacular view and lunch high above the Mississippi River while helping restore a unique bluff and peregrine falcon habitat during a Dec. 18 workday at Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area.

    The workday marks an expansion of the Department of Natural Resources' State Natural Areas Volunteer Program that enlists volunteers to help care for state natural areas, which preserve significant geological formations, archeological sites and/or some of the best remaining prairies, savannas, wetlands, forests and other natural communities in Wisconsin.

    The volunteer workday [PDF] runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the site, renowned for its mile-long bluff rising 400 feet above the river, and for its nesting peregrine falcons, a bird of prey listed as endangered in Wisconsin.

    Volunteers will help remove buckthorn, an invasive shrub, and overgrown native cedar trees, to prepare for a prescribed burn planned for next spring. No special skills are needed for the work day and training will be done on site.

    Volunteers are asked to contact Dean Edlin at [email protected] or 608-792-3054 or Pat Poeschel of the Pepin County Land Conservation Department at 715-672-8665 ext. 5 by Dec. 14 to assure that enough equipment and food is available for the event.

    The workday is sponsored by the Lower Chippewa River Alliance, the Pepin County Land Conservation Department and the Department of Natural Resources.

    "Maiden Rock Bluff has a major problem with buckthorn. So we're very excited to team up with Pepin County and the Lower Chippewa River Alliance to recruit volunteers to help us care for the site," says Dean Edlin, a DNR field ecologist who oversees many state natural areas in west central Wisconsin.

    Pat Poeschel, administrative specialist with the Pepin County Land Conservation Department, has been recruiting local conservation groups and schools to volunteer at the Dec. 18 workday. "We're doing it for the good of the county and to spread some awareness of Maiden Rock State Natural Area," she says.

    "Getting rid of invasive species is a big job and it's amazing what a group of 20 or so people can do in three hours," says Eleanor Wolf, president of the Lower Chippewa River Alliance. "This workday will give volunteers a hands-on experience with the public lands they own and a chance to make a difference for some of the really spectacular oak savanna and prairie habitats to be restored at Maiden Rock Bluff State Natural Area."

    Last Revised: Monday, December 07, 2015