Two participants help remove buckthorn in a forest in late fall.
Baxter's Hollow: Removing buckthorn in late fall. © Cate Harrington/TNC

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Battle Invasive Buckthorn at Baxter's Hollow


For this work party, volunteers will help control buckthorn and other woody invasive plants in the Baxter’s Hollow preserve. Volunteer work days in the Baraboo Hills help maintain and protect the Nature Conservancy preserves in this unique landscape of quartzite bluffs and large contiguous forest blocks. Without the hard work of volunteers, buckthorn can rapidly spread in dense underbrush thickets that prevent growth of native plants.

Meet at 9:00 at the Hwy 12 pull-off parking – directions below – and we’ll work at the preserve until 12:30 or 1:00. We usually eat lunch/snacks together before heading home.

Work Party Leader: Sherren Clark, (608-225-2974) or

What to Bring: Dress for the weather and wear long pants and work gloves if you have them. Bring water.

Directions: Take Hwy 12 north from Sauk City or south from Baraboo to a pull-off on the east side of the highway at the top of the south bluff, south of the intersection with Ski Hi Rd.