In 1999, Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation initiated efforts to convert a neglected clover field into native Wisconsin landscape. Today, five acres within the Klingler Fox Hill Nature Preserve provide a changing display of over 70 species of native grasses and wildflowers — thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers. Experts from Prairie Future Seed Company provided the proper seed mix, planning, and guidance for volunteers. Woody plants were removed and grasses were burned to prepare the ground in advance of seeding. On a fall day, selected seeds and soils were turned by volunteers using spades as giant spoons and a tarp for a bowl. Buckets of the prepared mixture were then filled for crews of men, women and children who hand-cast the seeds, systematically covering the area.
At least four visits per growing season are required to coax new plants toward a near perfect replica of native Wisconsin prairie – a carpet of wildflowers. Work over the first three years made a tremendous difference. Seeds developed into healthy native plants. Blooms from June to September provide satisfaction to all volunteers and a living masterpiece for all who visit.
Each growing season, a maintenance schedule is planned and published.
Refreshments and good company are always a part of each work session.
Together, volunteers pluck what doesn’t belong to make room for what does.
2012 Prairie Work Days
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