This Saturday, February 28th Quercus will be attending the Madison Area Woodland Owners Conference which will be held at the American Family Insurance Training Center in Madison. Presentations will focus on oak woodland management, planning and caring for wetlands and ponds, Native American influence on woodlands, milestones in forestry conservation management, and managing large animal wildlife. Come check out Quercus’ booth and chat with our staff about your land management questions or needs! Hope to see you there!
The Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium is holding their 2nd Midwest Fire Conference February 17-19th 2015 in Dubuque, Iowa. There will be over 40 speakers this year emphasizing fire ecology and fire effects, prescribed fire planning, and lessons learned from prescribed fire implementation. Quercus will have a booth, stop by to say hello between the presentations. Hope to see you there! Registration for the conference is still open!
Visit http://www.tposfirescience.org/mwfire15/ for more information!
The spring burn season is well on it’s way and Quercus has been getting in 1-3 burns every day the weather permits! This spring we have over 30 burns scheduled that we are trying to get through, but with the nature of this line of work some will inevitably have to wait until the fall season. Since each site has different requirements for wind direction and drying conditions (among other things), it is nearly impossible to fit them all in this spring. But that isn’t stopping the Quercus Crew from trying their hardest!
This spring, the crew has been traveling to a number of different counties conducting prescribed burns for private land owners, government agencies, and public parks. We have a number of burns throughout Jefferson, Columbia, and Fond du lac counties on private land that is enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Program through the NRCS. Many of these burns total over 100 acres, with the largest of all near Oakfield (Fond du lac Co) which is 850 acres of beautiful wetlands. The crew has seen a variety of bird life working on these wetlands including sandhill cranes, buffleheads, swans, and wood ducks.
We enjoy seeing the ongoing improvement at the properties of our long time customers who continue to choose Quercus to help manage their land, as well as getting to know new properties for those who choose Quercus for the first time! It is a privilege to help improve the landscape around us, and though some days are long, tiring and difficult, I think I can speak for the whole crew that this work is extremely satisfying and necessary. Keep an eye out for smoke on the horizon throughout southern Wisconsin, it could be the Quercus Crew checking another burn off their long list!
Here are some snapshots of the burn season so far this spring. I hope you enjoy the view as much as the crew does!
Tall grass prairie burn in the town of Berry (Dane Co). With fuels like this, solid breaks are a big plus!
Setting sun at a 120 acre NRCS Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) burn in Jefferson County.
45 acre NRCS WRP burn featuring our new UTV the Pug. (Columbia Co)
Pheasant Branch Conservancy in Middleton, WI. (Dane Co)