Prairiehill Farm to hold tour June 24
Members of The Prairie Sands Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts from Marquette, Waupaca, and Waushara Counties are hosting a series of Private Lands Prairie Tours this summer and invite you to tour Prairiehill Farm at W2797 Grouse Rd, Pardeeville, on Sunday, June 24 starting at 1 pm. Landowners, restoration ecologists, and authors, Alan and Laurel Bennett will lead you on a tour of their privately owned Prairie and Savanna named for the glacial drumlin which is a prominent feature of the property. Prairiehill Farm contains 100 acres of restored and reconstructed prairie, oak-hickory savanna, sedge meadows, and emergent wetlands surrounding and containing a glacial drumlin, which is an oval or elongated hill believed to have been formed by the streamlined movement of glacial ice sheets across rock debris or till. Over 80 species of endemic savanna plants survived a century of farming and new discoveries are made each year. Participants on this hike will see large burr oaks that pre-date settlement, see how restored prairie vegetation is responding to active management, and learn about a variety of both successful and unsuccessful restoration techniques. A few wood lilies may be blooming as well as a rather plain but state-threatened orchid. Other orchids could also be blooming. This prairie walk will be led by restoration ecologists Laurel and Alan Bennett who have owned and managed Prairiehill Farm for 30 years. They recently authored a book about Alaskan wilderness legend, Richard Proennecke, whom they both worked with while living in Alaska titled “Dick Proennecke: reflections on a man in his wilderness” and a website and a website that provides a whimsical account of the history of the property as seen through the life of an oak, visit their website Life in an Oak Opening at: https://prairiehillfarm- ecological-restoration. site123.me/ Trails are mowed to access most areas. The walking route will include a steep hill but a shorter mostly flat route that includes wood lilies and orchids will be available. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended. The tour will begin at 1 pm.