These workdays are hosted by our extraordinary steward, Margee Pieper, who has been a vital part of the successes at this site. Under her thoughtful leadership, the history and beauty of Irish oaks is finally revealed for everyone to enjoy.
For this workday we’ll be working on a project that we received grant funding for through the State. We’ll be removing undesirable trees from along the north boundary to clear a path to the west where there are 2 very large, old oaks in need of a rescue. When we finish clearing the boundary, the plan is to restore the area surrounding the pond back to native wetland and prairie habitat.
Directions: From Rt. 14 in Harvard, take Brink St east for 1.7 miles. Turn right (south) onto Schultz Rd and continue for 0.3 miles. Turn left (east) onto Lincoln Rd, and continue for 0.5 miles. The entrance to the site will be on the right (south) and is a gravel lane between a wooded fencerow and a hayfield. Drive up the lane and around the corner to the parking area in the clearing at the top of the hill.
Nearest address: 19017 Lincoln Rd Harvard
Tips to make your workday experience safe/enjoyable:
Bring plenty of water – better to bring too much than too little!
Sturdy boots or old tennis shoes
Leather gloves or gardening gloves
Long sleeves/pants – prevent scrapes and scratches from branches
Certain bug sprays and tucking pants into socks helps guard against ticks
Hat – helps protect hair from embers
Sunglasses or eye protection
Feel free to bring loppers if you’ve got them