When guests arrived, they were taken on either a 1.25 mile or 0.6 mile hike to learn more about the history of Meadowbrook Forest. This is a 154 acre preserve that historically was moraine forest. Our guided hikes took them through through the newest portion of the property, which was acquired in the spring of this year. This 80 acre portion has been in a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) for many years, and was planted with warm season grasses including big bluestem and Indian grass, and is largely dominated by Canada goldenrod. Shirley Heinze Land Trust plans to reforest this property with 31,000 trees. It will take decades to return to moraine forest, but we are optimistic that it will help provide habitat for sensitive forest birds such as the hooded warbler and cerulean warbler. After the hike, a delicious chili luncheon was served! During lunch, the Friends of Shirley Heinze presented their Bringing Nature Home awards, and we heard from SHLT staff members speaking about the success we have enjoyed in the last year, and the plans we have for the future. We truly could not accomplish as much as we do without the help of our supporters, and we are always looking for more friends to join the SHLT family. Thanks to all!
Join us on October 25 for our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve from 11am-1pm. Anyone who has volunteered during 2014 is invited to attend. The main course will be pulled pork sandwiches, and the side dishes are potluck style. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what kind of dish you would like to bring. After lunch, participants will take a short hike on the new 80 acre addition to the preserve.
Meadowbrook Forest is free and open to visitors year round, from dawn to dusk. We have many hiking trails, and will eventually have over 5 miles of trails to hike or cross country ski.
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