2014-2015 Work Day Schedule
Updated 2/27/2014

To join a workday crew, meet at the headquarters barn shortly before 9 AM.
Click on DIRECTIONS / VISITING tab at the left to get directions to the barn.

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Nachusa Grasslands Workdays – November to April

From November through April, most Nachusa Grasslands workdays involve:

  • Felling trees with chainsaws by trained sawyers
  • Loppering branches and shrubs
  • Applying herbicide
  • Dragging limbs and vines to brush piles
  • Burning brush piles when conditions permit

 

Because of the nature of these cold weather tasks, extreme caution must be exercised, and participation by children under age 17 is not advised.

Safety measures include:

  • No felling trees within 300 feet of any other people
  • No operating a Terex or Bobcat within 500 feet of any other people

 

All workday participants should wear adequate cold weather gear: long pants, boots, gloves, and hats.  The steward in charge reserves the right to exclude anyone who is not suitably dressed or equipped for conditions.

Anyone bringing a group of 6 people or more should let us know by responding to the weekly workday email or Facebook posting.

Workdays may be cancelled due to the weather: temperatures below 15°, high winds, deep snow, or icy roads. 

A scheduled workday may also not occur if a prescribed burn is taking place.

For up-to-date workday information, check the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Nachusa-Grasslands/122691964432289) or call the Nachusa office (815) 456-2340.

   

2014 Work Days

 
March 2014 – Brush and Fire Season
1 Annual Fire Refresher for Nachusa Crew - NO WORKDAY
8 Orland Prairie 
15 Big Woods
22 Fame Flower Knob
29 Tellabs Savanna - West Unit
   
April 2014 – Brush and Fire Season
5 Tellabs Savanna East Unit
12 Hamill–Winter Prairie Unit
19 Tellabs Savanna West Unit
26 Orland Prairie Southeast Unit
 
May 2014 - Weed Season
3 ANNUAL NACHUSA PLANNING MEETING
9 am to 12:30 pm
10 Prairie Potholes Unit
17 Schafer Prairie Unit
24 West Heinkel Savanna Unit
31 Tellabs Savanna East Unit
   
June 2014 Weed and Seed Season
7 Schafer Prairie Unit
14 Dot & Doug Wade Prairie Unit
21 Prairie Potholes Unit
5th ANNUAL FRIENDS PRAIRIE POTLUCK
28 Fame Flower Knob Unit
   
July 2014Weed and Seed Season
5 Kitten Tail Unit
12 Rolling Thunder Unit
19 Coneflower Unit
FRIENDS OF NACHUSA GRASSLANDS
ANNUAL MEETING
26 Dot & Doug Wade Prairie Unit
   
August 2014– Seed Season
2 Prairie Potholes Unit
9 Rolling Thunder Prairie Unit
16 Holland Savanna Unit
23 Dot & Doug Wade Prairie Unit
30 Big Woods Unit
   
September 2014Seed Season
6 Fame Flower Knob Unit
9, 10, 11 GRASSLAND RESTORATION
    NETWORK WORKSHOP. Invite only.
13 Rolling Thunder Unit
20 ANNUAL AUTUMN ON THE PRAIRIE

Celebration 10 am to 5 pm


This free event is open to the public. Activities
include 35 guided tours, horse–drawn wagon
rides, children’s tent, a food vendor, and more!
27 Holland Savanna Unit
   
October 2014 – Seed Season
4 Schafer Prairie Unit
11 Fame Flower Knob Unit
18 Hamill–Winter Prairie Unit
25 Holland Savanna Unit
   
November 2014 — Brush, Planting, and Fire Season
1

The Fen Unit

SEED HARVEST CELEBRATION

Hike from 3 to 5 pm, followed by a seed harvest
celebration potluck.

8 Orland Prairie Southeast Unit
15 Prairie Potholes Unit
22 Gobbler Bottoms Unit
29 Tellabs Savanna West Unit
   
December 2014 — Brush and Planting Season
6 East Heinkel Savanna Unit
13 Orland Prairie SE Unit Unit
20 Big Woods Unit
27 Gobbler Bottoms Unit
   
January 2015 — Brush Season
3 Big Woods Unit
10 Tellabs Savanna West Unit
17 Orland Prairie SE Unit
24 East Heinkel Unit
31 Gobbler Bottoms Unit
   
February 2015 — Brush Season
7 Orland Prairie SE Unit
14 Fame Flower Knob Unit
21 Prairie Potholes Unit
28 Gobbler Bottoms Unit
   
March 2015 – Brush and Fire Season
7 Tellabs Savanna East Unit
14 ANNUAL FIRE REFRESHER
For Nachusa Crew — 9 am
21 East Heinkel Savanna Unit
28 The Fen Unit