For the Wild: Land Stewardship Volunteer Day
Land Stewardship Volunteer Day – near La Farge
Join us for a special volunteer day of oak woodland restoration at Tunnelville Cliffs above the Kickapoo River, where more than 1,000 acres are protected by Mississippi Valley Conservancy for public recreation and native wildlife habitat. Learn about the land and help to nurture its recovery from a history of logging, railroads, and over-grazing.
We'll kick off the day with coffee, doughnuts, and legends of the days when the promise of prosperity inspired workers to tunnel right through the largest hill between Viola and La Farge. They did it to make way for the tracks of the railroad iron horse known as “The Stumpdodger.” Several neighbors of the Tunnelville Cliffs property will be on hand to share local history. Special guest Armund Bartz, Wisconsin DNR biologist, will lead a hike to identify native species. Following the hike, Levi Plath, land manager at Mississippi Valley Conservancy will teach the basics of woodland restoration, followed by a locally prepared lunch of chili and cornbread. Attendees are asked to join Levi in restoring a woodland hillside for a couple of hours after lunch, in Stumpdodger style!
This event is made possible in part through the support of Valley Stewardship Network and Viroqua Area Foundation.
10:00 a.m. Coffee with the Stumpdodgers (local history buffs share the legends of Tunnelville)
10:30 a.m. Guided native species hike with Armund Bartz, WiDNR biologist
11:30 a.m. Woodland restoration basics with Levi Plath, of Mississippi Valley Conservancy
12:30 p.m. FREE LOCAL LUNCH with thanks for your volunteer efforts on this day
1:15 p.m. Woodland restoration
Sign up by October 16. Call 608-784-3606 ext. 5 or send an email to Levi.
What to bring:
Weather-appropriate clothing with long pants and sleeves, plenty of drinking water and a snack. The Conservancy will provide gloves, safety glasses and tools.
Tunnelville Cliffs State Natural Area:
Intersection of Tunnelville Rd. and Husker Hollow Rd.
From Viroqua, take Hwy 56 East about 4.5 miles and turn left on Hwy 82. Continue on Hwy 82 for about 6.5 miles and turn right onto County Road SS. Continue on SS for about 2 miles and turn left on Tunnelville Road. Proceed about 1/3 mile to the intersection with Husker Hollow Rd. Park along roadside at the intersection where the event will begin.