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Updated June 2, 2020

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  • Hike - Restored Oak Savanna Hike

    Saturday, June 07, 2014
    9:30 am at E 4297 Upper Newton Road west of Viroqua, Wisconsin

    Bad Axe River ValleyExplore a property that has been managed to restore the land to the vegetation at the time of European settlement in the 1700s. Seeing remnant oaks on the hill, landowners Jim Theler and Suzanne Harris started removing non-native and invasive plants and trees on the top of the hill after purchasing the property in 2003. Once they had removed a pine plantation, a lot of ironwood, juniper and shrubs, they started a program of prescribed burns. Soon the remnant seeds in the soil sprouted, re-establishing a savanna and prairie understory. The oak and hardwood savanna was maintained by Native Americans with regular burning. Both Jim and Suzanne are archeologists, and their digs on the property have proven that rock shelters near the top of the hill have been used for human habitation over the last several thousand years. The site, called Cade Mound, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Click here for directions and more information.