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Lake States Fire Science Consortium Moquah Barrens Field Tour

Aug 26, 2015, 9:00am - 3:30pm

Lake States Fire Science Consortium's Moquah Barrens Field Tour, a pine barrens restorations project in the Northwest Sands Region of Wisconsin

WHERE: Rally Point: Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, 29270 Co Hwy G, Ashland, WI 54806. Tour will include multiple stops on the Washburn District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

OVERVIEW: The Northwest Sands Project - Moquah Barrens - located in northwest Wisconsin on the Washburn Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, is a long-term effort to restore 22,900 acres of rare pine barrens plant community.  The NW Sands project area is one of the largest pine barrens management areas in Wisconsin. Initiated in 2009, this restoration project has utilized a variety of prescribed burning, timber harvests, invasive species removal, native seed planting, and monitoring to accomplish restoration goals.

AGENDA: Join Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Lake States Fire Science Consortium staff for a Field Tour including multiple stops to observe and discuss short- and long-term restoration goals of this fire-dependent system, and implementation of fire in the context of forest ecology, wildlife (such as sharp-tailed grouse and upland sandpiper), pine barrens vegetation, invasive plant species, monitoring, and current research.

COST and REGISTRATION: This Field Tour is Free and Open to all – but we would appreciate a head count to coordinate enough handouts, and carpooling options.  PLEASE RSVP to Jack McGowan-Stinski, or 989-287-1734.

WHAT TO BRING: Your own lunch and water, bug repellent, sunscreen, stories to share. Field Trip is rain or shine, dress for the weather!

Please visit the Moquah Barrens website for additional background information, maps, and photos.

Questions about Field Tour? Contact Jack McGowan-Stinski, Lake States Fire Science Consortium, or 989-287-1734.