Crooked Creek preserve in the fall, with a path leading through colorful woods.
Crooked Creek Preserve: Chapman Hills tract in the fall. © Harry Hill

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Clear Invasive Amur Maple at Crooked Creek Preserve

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Please join us for a late fall work party at the Crooked Creek Preserve’s Chapman Hills Tract. We’ll be clearing a large stand of dead invasive Amur maple shrubs on the preserve.

Amur maple forms dense colonies that cut off light and prevent native growth underneath. This invasive had covered more than 13 acres of the 103-acre property and was chemically treated in 2017 and 2018. Now, we’ll remove the dead material is to make it easier to find any resprouts that may appear next spring. We’ll pile and stack the cut branches (or burn the piles if there’s snow on the ground).

Bring a sack lunch and we’ll get together at the lodge on the property and start a fire in the fieldstone fireplace. TNC will provide light refreshments.

What to bring: Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Wear sturdy shoes, gloves and cloth (denim, etc.) pants and jacket. If you have safety glasses, bring them along. We’ll have handsaws and loppers for volunteers.

Contact: Jerry Ziegler, jziegler@tnc.org or (262) 642-7279

Directions

From Milwaukee: Take I-43 southwest to Exit 43, the Mukwonago exit, which is State Highway 83. Turn right at the top of the exit ramp and immediately get over into your left lane. Turn left at the first light, which is Bayview Road (Citgo Station on your left). Follow Bayview around to the next traffic light, which is Highway ES. Turn left on ES. Follow ES for a mile or so to Highway J. (You’ll see a pale yellow barn on the right with a huge smiley face painted on it.) Turn right on J and follow that for 6.6 miles to Little Prairie Road, on the right. Turn right on Little Prairie and go for 1.5 miles to Scout Road. Turn right on Scout Road and go for 1.2 miles to a one-story red barn on the right. Turn right and follow the directional signs on the driveway to the lodge, which is painted pale blue.

From Madison: Take Highway 12 east to the juncture of Highway 67. Continue straight ahead on Highway 20 for 1.5 miles. Continue straight ahead on Highway J for 1.5 miles. Turn left on Scout Road. Follow Scout Road for 2¼ miles to a one-story red barn on the right. Turn right and follow the directional signs on the driveway to the lodge.