Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund
October 29, 2010 - Prescribed Burn
The prescribed burn crew, composed of members from The Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Lake County Forest Preserve District, burned 85 acres. Photos by Jerry Ziegler.
February 20, 2010
Brush clearing from a newly acquired piece of prairie continues!
Before and after images.
January 16, 2010
Brush clearing from a newly acquired piece of prairie has begun!
February 12, 2008
2007 Certificate Of Honor Awarded to Sue Tragesser
November 9, 2007 - Prescribed Burn conducted by The Nature Conservancy
September 15, 2007
Picnic at the Prairie following seed collection.
June 16, 2007
Breakfast for the volunteers.
November 18, 2006
A heartfelt thanks to one of our many great volunteers for the donation of a new DR Mower. Thank you John!
October 21, 2006
September 16, 2006
Annual Fall Picnic
February 21, 2006
CPPF's 2005 Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Stan Rosenstiel at the CPPF Annual Dinner
February 19, 2005
CPPF's 2004 Volunteer of the Year Award presented to Alan Eppers
September 18, 2004 - Work Party and Annual Picnic for the Volunteers
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January 17, 2004 - Barnes Prairie
November 15, 2003
Short-eared Owl in flight
September 20, 2003
Seed Collecting and Picnic for the Volunteers
August 18, 2003
Pandora Sphinx Moth larvae (Eumorpha pandorus)
October 19, 2002
September 21, 2002 - Work Party and Annual Picnic
for the Volunteers
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August 17, 2002
Girl collecting seed for areas undergoing restoration this fall.
High school students learning the various plants for seed collection.
September 15, 2001
Seed Collecting before the 2001 Annual Fall Picnic for the Volunteers
Five out of the 97 tagged that day were found in Mexico wintering colonies, a distance of over 1730 miles! A marvelous feat, helped powered by the Joe Pye Weed and Showy Goldenrods.
Example of a Monarch tagged in 2002
March 2001 - Barnes Prairie
January 20, 2001 Work Day at Barnes Prairie
One long brush pile. This will be chipped and removed on future work days
Smaller growth can be more efficiently cut mechanically
Careful herbicide treatment to the cut surfaces will greatly reduce re-sprouting of the buckthorn and other invasive shrubs. With sunlight able to penetrate the ground once again, sedges, grasses and forbs will grow back with vigor providing sufficient fuel. Prescribed burns will then be able to prevent the fire-intolerant shrubs from taking over and shading out this prairie again.
UPDATE - Summer 2001- With the shade now gone, the areas we had cleared are now showing the vigorous return of sedges and forbs, including Mountain Mint, Wild Bergamot, Wild Indigo, etc.
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