Field tours

Thursday, July 27, 8:00 – 17:00

  • Group A. Stop I > Stop II > Stop III
  • Group B. Stop II > Stop III > Stop I
  • Group C. Stop III > Stop I > Stop II

Please be sure to wear your ID badge for the entire workshop including the field trip!!! Tour will include box lunch and water. Please be dressed to go into the field for wetland conditions. This includes shoes that can get wet/muddy and bug protection for more fun. The trip will be held rain or shine.

Stop I. Planting Replacement Species in the Understory @ Fond du Lac Reservation

  • Fond du Lac has over 1,300 acres of black ash depressional wetlands, all of which are threatened by the emerald ash borer. With no cure for emerald ash borer available the ecological and hydrological qualities of these sites are threathened. In an attempt to keep forested wetlands forested, five different native tree species, river birch, red maple, silver maple, balsam poplar, and white cedar, were planted in the fall of 2015 in six ash differnt sites. Plantskydd® was applied in spring and fall as a browse deterrent and weed mats were installed on every other seedling to assess if they’d give seedlings an advantage. Survival, health, stress cause, native plant community, and other forestry attributes, in addition to hydrological and wetland attributes have been assessed. We will visit one of the study sites and will also discuss wild rice management and blueberry management on the shores of a nearby lake.
  • Click! Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Organizers: Christian Nelson, Shannon Kesner (FDLR)

 

Stop II. Riparian Ash Forest Planting site @ Pokegama River, Superior

  • The Pokegama River runs through the Superior Municipal Forest within the city limits of Superior, Wisconsin. The fluctuating river stage, sandy or silt soils, and herbivore pressures influence planting efforts within the forest. Northern white cedar, red maple, and hackberry were planted using three different microsite treatments within different herbivore deterrent enclosures throughout a section of the Pokegama. This field trip will introduce participants to the forested riparian corridor ecosystem and the planting study.
  • Click! Pokegama Weather (Source from LSNERR)
  • Organizers: Nick Bolton (MTU), Shon Schooler (LSNERR & UW-S)

 

Stop III. Ash Forest Land with Chemical Treatments

  • On October 23, 2015, after wating for two years since the August 2013 confirmation of emerald ash borer in neighboring Superior, WI, the insect was positively identified in the City of Duluth in ash trees located near the beach house and recreation fields on Park Point (http://levytreecare.com/). We will visit a few spots of ash forest land owned by a non-industrial private forest (NIPF) land owner, Craig Brown. The land in the Knife River Watershed has been treated with recommended insecticide since 2015 to protect against anticipated emerald ash borer infestation and hence to maintain and enhance the ecological quality and function of Craig Brown property.
  • Organizers: Louise Levy (Levy Tree Care), Craig Brown (NIPF land owner), Brian Palik (USFS, NRS)
  • Click! EAB Treatment Map by LevyTreeCare