From the Lodi Valley chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance:
For the 4th year running, we plan to torch eastern red cedar and other undesirable woody plants to restore a wonderful remnant prairie along the Gibraltar Rock Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. We will again be cutting/hauling/burning/leaping red cedar and other trees as we open up prairie and mighty oaks on the Alliance’s Steenbock Preserve. With the exception of the worst weather ever last year, this event has proven to be a fun event where we can get dirty whilst celebrating our victories and muttering about our tribulations in the land conservation world. This year we added a third day on Saturday just so you could come back with your family and friends. What a better way to spend Leap Day!?
On Thursday and Friday, 40 future conservationists will lend their collective muscle. And as always, we will supply equipment and lunch in the field, as well as trained sawyers and crew leaders.
Dates: Thursday February 27th – Saturday February 29th approximately 8:30am – 4:00pm but come for as long as you want. Some folks may leap over to Fitz’s afterwards.
What you need to bring: You, friends, coworkers, appropriate ‘near-fire’ clothing (cotton, not nylon), water bottles and PPEs if you plan to chainsaw and have current certification.
What we bring for you: Brats/buns/condiments/snacks, chainsaws and other tools…and comradery with stunning views.
In order for us to get an idea of food and tool needs, please register here. For those registered, an email will come a few days before with all the details you need.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.