Volunteer for the Wild!
We're delighted to offer a series of staff-led volunteer work parties focused on improving oak forests at Tunnelville Cliffs State Natural Area in the coming months. At these workdays we will provide opportunities for you to learn about forest ecosystems and winter tree identification.
The Benefit For The Wild: Forest stand improvement is the practice of removing invasive and densely grown tree species to reduce competition and allow for natural light to enter the canopy. This promotes oak regeneration which benefits native flora and fauna and increases the land's resilience to a changing climate.
How it's done: To achieve this project we will have staff operating chainsaws to fell trees and will need help from volunteers to follow up with a herbicide application on the tree stumps. Herbicide is a necessary element of this work because it reduces regrowth. We will provide you with the appropriate protective gear for these tasks.
Learning opportunity: As you help us improve this forest stand we will dialogue with you about forest ecology and help you strengthen your winter tree identification skills. These learning opportunities are voluntary, hands-on experiences designed to benefit YOU.
Packing list for a Conservancy field day: Weather-appropriate field clothes (long pants, long warm socks, and long sleeves) and bright colors for hunting season, sturdy close-toed footwear, plenty of food & water, layers for warmth, insulated work gloves and safety glasses if you prefer your own. We will provide water to refill your bottle, extra gloves, and safety glasses.
To sign up, click the button below to send an email to Genesis, our restoration coordinator. Let her know what day you want to help out and include your full name and phone number.
Meet up at western access parking area on County Rd SS.
Western Access: Near the Silo on County SS
From La Crosse take 14/61 east to Westby, in Westby turn left onto 27 for .5 miles then turn right onto Cty Rd P. Follow P until you reach County Rd D (take a right onto D). Follow D until you reach 82 and turn right on 82 and then take first left onto Husker Hollow Rd and follow until you reach Tunnelville Rd. Turn right onto Tunnelville Rd and follow until you reach County SS. Take a left on SS and follow for approx. 3 miles until you see the old silo on the right side of the road. If you see Duck Creek Road, you’ve gone too far. Parking is on the north side of SS near the silo.