Hours: 4:00am - dusk Park Type: Conservation Acres: 60.27 Restroom: No Drinking Water: No
A glacial drumlin rising above a broad ribbon of marsh forms the backbone of this southeast Madison Park. On-going projects are oak savanna and wetland restorations. Nearby Glendale School and Leopold Nature Center use the park extensively for environmental education.
Week of January 9, 2012
A forestry mower will be used to mow exotic shrubs as part of an oak savanna restoration project. Staff is hoping to clear 13 acres this week. The mower is designed to mow and chip brush and small tree (less than 6 inches in diameter). The species targeted for complete removal are buckthorn and honeysuckle plants which are exotic/non native shrubs. The mowing is the first step in a comprehensive adaptive restoration process that will be followed with a prescribed burn next spring. Much of the 'stringy' weed chips will be consumed by this fire. Exotic shrubs that may re-grow after the fire will be treated with a foliar application of herbicide. Then native grass, sedge and forb seeds will be planted. In a few short years a diverse oak woodland community will evolve.