ARBORETUM NEWS (PRESS RELEASES)

Grant provides funds for extensive brush removal on the Grady Tract

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013

Throughout 2013 you may notice large-scale restoration work in Greene Prairie and the Grady oak savannas. The Arboretum has hired Quercus Land Stewardship Services LLC to remove trees and shrubs that have invaded the restorations. You may see a forestry mower grinding up trees up to 4 inches in diameter and clearing large buckthorn, honeysuckle, dogwood and sumac. Quercus staff will follow up the mowing with herbicide treatments. They will also control oriental bittersweet and black locust using cutting and/or herbicide. Trees larger than 4” will be selectively removed using chainsaws. Reducing the invading woody species should increase the diversity and blooming of prairie and savanna wildflowers and grasses. The Friends of the Arboretum procured the funds for this project through a Dane County Partners for Recreation and Conservation (PARC) grant. This grant also provided the funds for the new fence and entrance on the southeast corner of the Grady Tract. To see a video of a brush mower in action, go to our Facebook page.facebook.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.