Unveiling the Landowners Incentive Program sign

prairie plants, oak tree, trees in the distance and lots of blue sky

View of a Restored Prairie from the Ice Age Trail

Landowner Incentive Program - hand holding a circle with a redheaded woodpecker

Landowner Incentive Program Sign

Last week John and I went on a tour of a couple of properties that are part of the Wisconsin DNR’s Landowner Incentive Program (LIP). The properties adjoin the Valley View section of the Ice Age Trail. The landowners Tom Wise and Ron Endres worked with Kevin Thusius of the Ice Age Trail Alliance on this project. It was interesting to see the vast tracks of restored land, restoration in progress, and how they have knit prairie, savanna, and woods together.

The tour was put together to showcase the properties as well as to unveil the new LIP sign that will be presented to landowners for them to post in recognition of their restoration work with LIP funds. As the artist responsible for designing the sign I was invited along. It was a lovely day and the scale of what has been accomplished was impressive. By working together they have managed to create natural corridor that will benefit wildlife as well as plant species. The end result is a beautiful place to hike.

purple asters with a bee on them

New England Aster with Pollinator

The prairies that are part of this project are wetter than ours and there were lots of big showy New England asters everywhere. In various colors of purple to light pink… almost white.

purple and pink asters

New England Asters — Purple (left), Pink (right)

group of people looking over prairie, plus brush pile

Tour Group Listening to Tom Wise Talk About Progress (left), Brush Pile Created with Invasive Species That Have Been Removed (right)

oaks, mad with a hat hammering in a sign

Oak Trees (left), Tom Wise Pounding in LIP Sign

Read the WDNR’s post about this project.

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