2015-2016 Work Day Schedule
Updated 3/16/2015

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.

   

2015/16 Work Days

 
March 2015 – Brush and Fire Season
7 Tellabs Savanna East Unit
14 No Workday
21 Annual Fire Refresher for Nachusa Crew - No Workday
28 The Fen Unit
   
April 2015 – Brush and Fire Season
4 Holland Savanna - Kirk Hallowell (Easter Weekend)
11 Dropseed Hills North Unit - Mary and Jim Vieregg
19 Dropseed Garden Weeding - Ron and Gwen Deters
25 WORKDAY CANCELLED
 
May 2015 - Weed Season
2 Fame Flower Knob - Bernie and Cindy Buchholz
9 Annual Planning Meeting - 9:00 a.m. to Noon;
No Workday
16 Orland Prairie Southeast - Mike Carr
23 Holland Savanna - Kirk Hallowell (Memorial Day Weekend)
30 Tellabs Savanna East - Mark Jordan
   
June 2015 Weed and Seed Season
6 Walkup Prairie - Gwen and Ron Deters
13 Big Woods Unit - Hank and Becky Hartman
20 West Heinkel Savanna - Jay Stacy
6th Annual Friends Prairie Potluck in afternoon
27 Doug and Dot Wade Prairie - Al and Mary Meier
   
July 2015Weed and Seed Season
4 Dropseed Garden Weeding - Ron and Gwen Deters
11 Schafer Prairie - Jim Hodder
18 Fame Flower Knob - Bernie and Cindy Buchholz
25 Walkup Prairie - Ron and Gwen Deters
Friends Annual Meeting in afternoon
   
August 2015– Seed Season
1 Doug and Dot Wade Prairie - Al and Mary Meier
8 Doug and Dot Wade Prairie - Al and Mary Meier
15 Holland Savanna — Kirk Hallowell
22 Schafer Prairie - Jim Hodder
29 Holland Savanna — Kirk Hallowell
   
September 2015Seed Season
5 Dropseed Hills North Unit - Mary and Jim Vieregg
12 Fame Flower Knob - Bernie and Cindy Buchholz
19 ANNUAL AUTUMN ON THE PRAIRIE

Celebration 10 am to 5 pm


This free event is open to the public. Activities
include guided tours, horse–drawn wagon
rides, children’s tent, a food vendor, and more!
26 Doug and Dot Wade Prairie - Al and Mary Meier
   
October 2015 – Seed Season
3 Fame Flower Unit - Bernie and Cindy Buchholz
10 Walkup Prairie - Gwen and Ron Deters
17 Tellabs Savanna East - Mark Jordan
24 Need Workday Steward
Fall Seed Harvest Celebration in afternoon
31 Walkup Prairie - Gwen and Ron Deters (Halloween)
   
November 2015 — Brush, Planting, and Fire Season
7 Gobbler Bottoms Unit - Dave Crites and John Heneghan
14 Orland Prairie Southeast - Mike Carr
21 Fen Unit - Kevin Kaltenbach
28 Need Workday Steward (Weekend after Thanksgiving)
   
December 2015 — Brush and Planting Season
5 Tellabs Savanna East - Mark Jordan
12 Gobbler Bottoms Unit - Dave Crites and John Heneghan
19 Tellabs Savanna West Unit - Keith Anderson
26 Orland Prairie Southeast - Mike Carr
   
January 2016 — Brush Season
2 Need Workday Steward
9 Holland Savanna - Kirk Hallowell
16 Tellabs Savanna East - Mark Jordan
23 Gobbler Bottoms Unit - Dave Crites and John Heneghan
30 Thelma Carpenter Prairie - Gwen and Ron Deters
   
February 2016 — Brush Season
6 Orland Prairie Southeast - Mike Carr
13 Thelma Carpenter Prairie - Gwen and Ron Deters
20 Tellabs Savanna West Unit - Keith Anderson
27 Tellabs Savanna East - Mark Jordan
   
March 2016 – Brush and Fire Season
5 Need Workday Steward
12 Orland Prairie Southeast - Mike Carr
19 Need Workday Steward
26 Annual Fire Refresher - No Work Day